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Simple Buttercream Frosting

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Tonight, in preparation for a cupcake party my friend and I are hosting on Friday, I make a few batches of buttercream frosting and festively colored them.

The buttercream frosting recipe I made doesnt really have exact measurements... I just go by the texture or stiffness to determine if its done. Here is what I used:

Ingredients You'll Need

unsalted butter
vanilla extract
half & half
powdered sugar


In a stand mixer, cream equal parts of butter and shortening.

Add vanilla.

Alternate adding a splash of half & half and a cup of powdered sugar.

The consistency to achieve for decorating cakes is a "stiff" frosting.

If you can invert your batter bowl with a spatula or spoon suspended in the frosting without it falling out, you've hit the stiff consistency.

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