Crusting Buttercream Without Shortening

Crusting Buttercream Without Shortening

Crusting buttercream without shortening is firm to the touch. And when you touch it, it will not leave an imprint. Also, it will serve as a strong base. So with this, you can add more designs to it. When it sets, you will have a firm working surface. Thus, making it easy to do delicate pipings. Likewise, it is convenient to add fondant and gum paste toppers. 

Moreover, some recipes for crusting buttercream call for vegetable shortening. Though, if you do not like the taste of shortening, then these easy buttercream recipes are perfect for you. Note that these buttercream recipes are easy, creamy, and tasty. Aside from these, you only need simple ingredients. 

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1) What You Will Need In Making A Basic Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 3 and 1/2 to 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of heavy cream 

Equipment 

  • Sifter or mesh sieve
  • Electric mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rubber spatula

Servings and preparation time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes 

Yields: 2 1/2 cups of frosting

Step by step instructions

Step 1

Before anything else, make sure to prepare your ingredients. Then, set your butter to room temperature. After that, allow it to soften before mixing. Also, ensure to sift your powdered sugar to remove clumps. 

Step 2

Then, place your softened butter inside a mixing bowl. And make sure to cream it using an electric mixer set at medium speed. Afterward, beat the butter mixture for about two minutes. Or do so until it becomes light in color and smooth. 

Step 3

Next, set your mixer to low. Then, slowly add in your powdered sugar. After that, add the first 3 cups of sugar gradually. And do not forget to mix until well combined. Afterward, ensure to set your electric mixer’s speed to medium-low. And be sure to combine properly.

Step 4

Afterward, set your mixer to low. Then, make sure to add your heavy cream and vanilla slowly. As usual, ensure to mix everything well. 

Step 5

Be sure to set your electric mixer to medium speed when everything incorporates well. And beat the mixture until it becomes smooth and creamy.

Step 6

Finally, lower the speed of your electric mixer. And be sure to add your remaining sugar. Do it until your buttercream becomes firm or as you desire for your recipe. Then, turn your mixer back up. And whip once again until it becomes fluffy.

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Tips And Tricks 

First off, ensure sifting the powdered sugar to avoid having clumps in your buttercream. Moreover, add your cream and extra sugar when you have achieved the desired thickness of your buttercream.

Furthermore, if your buttercream is too thin or runny, add all your sugar. Likewise, you can try chilling your mixing bowl with the ingredients in the refrigerator for a while. Remember, your butter might have become too soft.

Also, this buttercream recipe will develop a crust as it begins to dry out. If you are planning not to use it right away, quickly beat it again before using it.

1) What You Will Need In Making A Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of softened unsalted butter, about two sticks (softened, not melted)
  • 3 to 4 cups of confectionery sugar (sifted)
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp of heavy cream (you can use half and half or milk. But, heavy cream is the most appropriate for this recipe)

Equipment

  • Sifter or mesh sieve
  • Electric mixer
  • Paddle attachment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Servings and preparation time

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Yields: 2.5 cups

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Step by step instructions

Step 1

In a mixing bowl, cream your butter using an electric mixer attached with a paddle attachment. Keep in mind that it should be at medium speed for a minute. 

Step 2

Afterward, turn off your electric mixer. And add three cups of your sifted powdered sugar. Then, please turn on your electric mixer and set it at the lowest speed. Keep combining until your sugar incorporates into your butter. 

Step 3

Then, boost the speed of your electric mixer to medium. And add your vanilla extract, salt, and two tablespoons of your heavy cream. Make sure to beat the buttercream mixture for about two to three minutes. Or until the buttercream mixture is fluffy and creamy.

Step 4

Lastly, if you want a more stiff consistency in your frosting, add the remaining sugar. And if you want your frosting to be thinner, add your remaining heavy cream. Remember, add a tablespoon at a time. Then, mix until you achieve your desired consistency.

3) What You Will Need In Making A Crusting Vanilla Buttercream Recipe

Ingredients 

  • Two sticks of unsalted butter, about 226 grams. Butter (softened slightly but cool to the touch and still holding its shape). 
  • 6 to 7 cups of powdered sugar, about 690 to 805 grams
  • 2 tsp of clear vanilla(for a whiter frosting), about 8 grams 
  • 1/4 cup of whole milk (add more if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt, about 3 grams (fine grain salt is best)

buttercream frosting without shortening

Equipment 

  • Sifter or mesh sieve
  • Electric mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Servings and preparation time

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Yields: 4.5 cups

Step by step instructions

Step 1

Place your slightly softened butter. Then, make sure to cream in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Be sure to blend until it becomes smooth. After that, add the clear vanilla extract and mix.

Step 2

Afterward, add half of your sifted powdered sugar and most of your milk. Then, beat the buttercream mixture at medium speed until the powdered sugar combines well. 

Step 3

Next, make sure to add your remaining milk and powdered sugar. Then, mix at medium speed for another three to four minutes. Also, be sure to scrape the bowl’s sides occasionally using a rubber spatula. After that, set your mixer to low for one to two minutes. Doing so removes the air pockets in your buttercream and smoothens the texture.

Step 4

Ultimately, if your buttercream is too thin for your liking, add more sugar. And if your buttercream is too thick, make sure you add a bit of milk. 

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Crusting Buttercream Without Shortening

Crusting buttercream without shortening is firm to the touch. And when you touch it, it will not leave an imprint. Also, it will serve as a strong base. So with this, you can add more designs to it. When it sets, you will have a firm working surface. Thus, making it easy to do delicate pipings. Likewise, it is convenient to add fondant and gum paste toppers.  Moreover, some recipes for crusting buttercream call for vegetable shortening. Though, if you do not like the taste of shortening, then these easy buttercream recipes are perfect for you. Note that these buttercream recipes are easy, creamy, and tasty. Aside from these, you only need simple ingredients. 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 2.5 cups
Author: Cakedecorist

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 3 and 1/2 to 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of heavy cream

Instructions

  • Before anything else, make sure to prepare your ingredients. Then, set your butter to room temperature. After that, allow it to soften before mixing. Also, ensure to sift your powdered sugar to remove clumps.
    1 cup of softened unsalted butter, 3 and 1/2 to 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • Then, place your softened butter inside a mixing bowl. And make sure to cream it using an electric mixer set at medium speed. Afterward, beat the butter mixture for about two minutes. Or do so until it becomes light in color and smooth.
    1 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • Next, set your mixer to low. Then, slowly add in your powdered sugar. After that, add the first 3 cups of sugar gradually. And do not forget to mix until well combined. Afterward, ensure to set your electric mixer's speed to medium-low. And be sure to combine properly.
    3 and 1/2 to 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • Afterward, set your mixer to low. Then, make sure to add your heavy cream and vanilla slowly. As usual, ensure to mix everything well.
    1 to 2 tbsp of heavy cream, 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Be sure to set your electric mixer to medium speed when everything incorporates well. And beat the mixture until it becomes smooth and creamy.
  • Finally, lower the speed of your electric mixer. And be sure to add your remaining sugar. Do it until your buttercream becomes firm or as you desire for your recipe. Then, turn your mixer back up. And whip once again until it becomes fluffy.
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