Stiff Consistency (if you want it thinner for icing cakes see additional information below).
Our Buttercream Icing recipe is perfect for spreading or decorating. Follow our instructions to make it the ideal consistency you need.
1 cup solid alpine icing shortening
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract (you can substitute another flavor of choice)
4 cups of 6X powdered sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons milk
About 3 cups of icing.
In large bowl, cream shortening and vanilla in large mixer. Gradually add powdered 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 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.
Add up to 4 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk to thin for icing cakes.
This smooth, hard-drying icing is perfect for making decorations that last. It is also useful as a “cement” to fasten decorations together. Royal icing is edible, but not recommended for icing cakes.
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
4 cups (about 1 lb.) 6X powdered sugar
6 tablespoons warm water
About 3 cups of icing.
Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).
NOTE: Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.
* For stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.
**When using large countertop mixer or for stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.
Thinned Royal Icing: To thin for pouring, add 1 teaspoon water per cup of royal icing. Use grease-free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Add 1/2 teaspoon water at a time until you reach proper consistency.
**NOTE:6X powdered sugar is considered (by many) to be better because it has less cornstarch in it, since the particles aren’t as small and it’s not as likely to clump. This will make for a smoother frosting. We sell 6X powdered sugar and all the ingredients listed above!