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Mar 12, 2011 04:16 PM

Buttercream Frosting

Anybody have a great, fail-proof buttercream frosting recipe? Or know where I can buy it in Lakewood? I need to frost cupcakes for Purim! Any tips?

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  1. This one is a never-fail for me:

    1 cup nonhydrogenated margarine (I use Earth Balance)
    3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted if clumpy
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or another flavor, if you choose)

    Just beat together with a hand or stand mixer. Add a drop of soymilk if it's too stiff.

    5 Replies
    1. re: queenscook

      Thanks for the response! And so quickly! Is it better to use a hand mixer or is it okay if I use my Bosch? Also, how much does this make? I need to frost at least 24, plus practice on some.

      1. re: singingfoodie

        I tend to use my KitchenAid stand mixer because it's easier not having to hold the mixer. I think this makes about a quart, which should be more than enough to frost 24. Extra will keep in a closed container in the fridge; sometimes it stays in there for months if I forget I have it in there! It's also easy enough to cut the recipe in half if you plan to frost them lightly rather than heavily.

      2. re: queenscook

        I do a lot of baking and cake decorating. I love this buttercream for pareve from the Wilton foods website. If you need it to be really white (margarine makes it a little yellow), go on the wilton website for other options.

        * 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
        * 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened (I like earth balance)
        * 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
        * 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
        * 2 tablespoons milk or coffee rich.

        Makes: About 3 cups of icing.

        1. re: UWSFoodie

          This is only marginally different from the recipe I posted, which actually originally include the liquid (milk/coffee rich for you; I used parve, less chemical, soymilk) , but I found that so much liquid made the frosting far too wet and drippy, so I now leave it out entirely, and am always surprised that others do use it and are still able to spread and even pipe the resulting frosting. When I included that extra 2 tablespoons of liquid, there was no way to pipe it, it was that loose.

          1. re: queenscook

            So I want to frost them today, put on the decorative wrappers, and even put them in their boxes. How do I keep them fresh though? Any tips? Thanks!