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Greg’s Standard Buttercream Frosting

It seems appropriate to start off the recipe portion of this blog with some of the basics that I work with.  So, since I plan on spending a lot of time on cupcakes, I thought I’d start with the basic frosting I use to top many of them (or tweak to get those great flavors). I used to always use the basic Wilton Buttercream Icing recipe, but I found that too often it wasn’t as firm as I wanted it to be.  Therefore, I made a few tweaks to it to get the kind of frosting I wanted, and ended up with this recipe:

Greg's Standard Buttercream Frosting
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Greg's basic buttercream frosting recipe, that is often the backbone of my other frosting variations.
Greg's Standard Buttercream Frosting
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Greg's basic buttercream frosting recipe, that is often the backbone of my other frosting variations.
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and shortening in an electric mixer with whipping attachments.
  2. Add vanilla and combine.
  3. Stop mixer, add confectioners' sugar, and slowly combine with other ingredients. Increase speed once fully incorporated.
  4. Slowly add cream and incorporate at high speeds. Continue beating until frosting is light and fluffy.
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You may notice that my two biggest changes are to use more shortening and heavy whipping cream instead of milk, and I feel that these make for a more stable frosting, which is great for piping onto cupcakes. Don’t worry…the cupcakes recipes will be coming shortly!

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