Ok, so I tried this Buttercream Icing recipe that I found randomly online over the July 4th weekend - most of the buttercream recipes I found were much like this one, calling for shortening and butter... so I tried it:
Buttercream Dream Icing
1 stick salted butter - room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter - room temperature
1 cup shortening
1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar, 10x)
4-6 tablespoons very cold milk
Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the clear vanilla extract and combine well. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk... one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition (mixer on medium-high to high speed) until you reach the desired consistency.
In comparison with my own icing recipe:
1 pound of confectioner's sugar
1/2 stick of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Whole milk to get to desired consistency
- Which I made at the same time, I personally found that adding shortening with butter made it kind of greasy in taste-tecture. The spreading consistency of the online buttercream recipe was much more even than my recipe, but it wasn't as sweet. Anyone else have good icing recipes?