Wilton® Buttercream Icing Recipe
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Wilton® Buttercream Icing Recipe

Wilton® Buttercream Icing recipe is perfect for spreading or decorating. Follow our instructions to make it the ideal consistency you need.
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Solid Vegetable Shortening (½ Cup)
  • Butter or Margarine, Softened (1 Stick or ½ Cup)
  • Wilton® Clear Vanilla Extract (1 Tsp.)
  • Sifted Confectioners' Sugar (4 Cups; Approximately 1 lb.)
  • Milk (2 Tbsp.)

Project Instructions

In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored two weeks. Re-whip before using.

For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add two tablespoons of light corn syrup, water or milk.

For Pure White icing (stiff consistency), omit butter; substitute an additional 1/2 cup shortening for butter and add ½ teaspoon No-Color Butter Flavor. Add up to four tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk to thin for icing cakes


Makes about 3 cups of icing.