Frostings & Fillings

American Buttercream

 

American Buttercream is an icing sugar-based buttercream that is characteristically sweet and creamy.  It is great to use as frosting for cupcakes and cakes.  This American Buttercream is especially good because it is extra creamy and smooth.  It is on the sweeter side so if you prefer a less-sweet buttercream I recommend making Swiss Meringue Buttercream instead.

 

 

 

 

Tips for Making Perfect Buttercream

 

  1. Use high-quality vanilla:  Using a high-quality natural vanilla extract greatly enhances the flavour of this buttercream. 
  2. Mix the buttercream well:  If the butter/shortening and icing sugar is not beaten until light and fluffy before adding the heavy cream and flavouring, the buttercream will be more yellow in colour and dense.    
  3. Go for pastel colours:  When colouring the buttercream, do not add too much icing colour or the colour will be too intense and unnatural looking.  Try to create a pastel colour instead.

 

 

Recipe Q & A

 

Q:  Why is my buttercream dark? 

 A:  Your buttercream may be dark if the butter/shortening and icing sugar was not beaten sufficiently.  It may also be dark if your vanilla extract has a dark pigment.  You can use a clear vanilla extract to keep your buttercream white, however most brands available are artificially made.

Q:  Can I substitute butter for the shortening in the recipe? 

 A:  Yes you can, however the colour of the buttercream will be more off-white 

 

 

 

American Buttercream

 

Recipe By:           Blue Ribbon Eats

Recipe Makes:   ~1 1/2 cups          
Prep Time:          25 minutes 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

224g unsalted butter, at room temperature

80g shortening

240g icing sugar

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 tablespoon high-quality natural vanilla extract

2 tablespoons heavy cream

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. In the bowl of a mixer add the butter, shortening, icing sugar and salt.  Mix on medium-high speed using a paddle attachment until whiter in colour and fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and heavy cream and mix until the frosting is light and creamy.

 

 

Yields 1 1/2 cups

American Buttercream

25 minPrep Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

224g unsalted butter, at room temperature

80g shortening

240g icing sugar

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 tablespoon high-quality natural vanilla extract

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a mixer add the butter, shortening, icing sugar and salt.  Mix on medium-high speed using a paddle attachment until whiter in colour and fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and heavy cream and mix until the frosting is light and creamy.

Nutrition

Calories

3386 cal

Fat

272 g

Carbs

243 g

Protein

3 g
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