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Decorators Buttercream

  • Yield: Frosting and filling for 1 two-layer cake


  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 pound (2 cups) unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 3 pounds confectioners' sugar (10X)
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 1/2 ounces milk


  • Cream the shortening and butter together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the flavorings and salt. Gradually add the sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add the meringue powder - the mixture will appear dry. Add the milk and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 to 8 minutes. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap.