American Buttercream Recipe – Cake Couture Love

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American Buttercream Recipe

American Buttercream Recipe

American buttercream is the cake decorators buttercream. This icing has the prefect consistency to ice any cake! Use this recipe and your favorite cake colors to decorate your buttercream cake.

Yields about 6.5 cups


  • 1 1/2 cup  Hi-ratio shortening at room temperature (substitute with Crisco as well)
  • 1 cup        Unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp      Almond emulsion (or 1/2 tsp of almond extract)
  • 1/2 tbsp    Vanilla
  • 4.5 tbsp    Milk (or half and half, or water) 
  • 1/2 tsp      Salt
  • 2.5 lbs      Sifted powdered sugar - or about 9 cups (may use unsifted if sold in plastic bags


  1. Use a mixer and a paddle attachment to mix shortening, butter, almond, and vanilla until smooth
  2. In a cup add water and dissolve salt
  3. Add powdered sugar to the shortening mixture slowly, alternating with the salty water to help with mixing
  4. Continue to alternate between sugar and water and mix until well combined
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