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   This buttercream is light, fluffy and great for piping.  It
forms a nice crust making it good for holding its shape, traveling and keeping
those details sharp.

mixer bowl filled with fluffy white frosting and a mixer paddle


    

    If you need a frosting with staying power, crusting
buttercream is it! As it sets, it forms a light crust on the outside helping
it to keep its shape.  It has decent staying power in warmer
temperatures and can easily be flavored a million different ways.  You
can easily adjust its consistency making it perfect for spreading or piping.
It is also great for using with your Russian piping tips. This is a recipe
you should definitely have on hand for decorating cakes and cookies.

      We all know by now that I love frosting.  Especially
super soft and fluffy frosting. 

    Or really dark and fudgy, but that is a whole
different subject altogether!  I also love my butter.  
    I love the taste, texture and idea of butter.
 I love the way butter works in frosting.  
    But sometimes you have to do things a little
bit different in order to get the results you want.  In this case I
wanted my buttercream to form a bit of a crust.  I know, crazy right? 
 

      I love everything about
classic buttercream and I love
white chocolate buttercream
even more!   The thing is sometimes you need a frosting that
really holds its shape and will also hold up to the elements.  I was
making
deviled egg cake balls
and I wanted the “yolk” to hold it’s shape while I was taking them to their
final destination.

   I also was picturing them as being a fun treat for BBQs and
picnics during the summer (or for a super fun April Fool’s Day dessert!)
 So I wanted them to hold up to a little heat and humidity and maybe
even a brief ride in a pic-a-nic basket.

    You know what I mean, Boo Boo?  I know, I’m smarter than
the average bear!  This frosting is perfect for applications such as
this.  It is also perfect for summer cakes and cupcakes.

egg shaped cake balls with yellow buttercream "yolks" piped on

     The secret to the frosting is plenty of powdered sugar
and some shortening.  I don’t usually buy shortening.  

    I certainly don’t mind if you do, in fact I
have a brother-in-law who runs a plant that makes the stuff.  It is
just that I have a personal preference for butter.

      In fact I can tell you the last time I bought
shortening was 3 years ago… the last time I wanted to make a fluffy
frosting with some staying power!

mixer paddle filled with white fluffy frosting

     It has been so long since I tasted frosting like this
and I was immediately transported back to my childhood.  This frosting
tasted exactly like I remember the icing on the clown cones at Baskin Robins
as a kid.  YUM!

    I am still a butter frosting person on principle, but this
worked perfect for the treats I was making today and brought back a fun
childhood memory.  It is hard to go wrong with that!

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     This frosting is also great for cupcakes and cakes you
plan to transport. It pipes great and holds it shape. It also packs well and
is very versatile.

      I used some to top some
devilishly good chocolate cupcakes
and turn them into pumpkins for a work bake sale. They didn’t last long and
were super easy to do!

chocolate cookies with buttercream rosettes and flowers piped on

    It is also fabulous piped on
chocolate sour cream cookies.  I used an open star tip to pipe on big rosettes and Russian piping
tips to do smaller flowers.

    This frosting really is super versatile.  There is
almost to application it can’t be used for!
 

 

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How to Make Crusting Buttercream – shorthttps://youtu.be/FlB4WZ2cDS0Watch how easy it is to make a fluffy buttercream that is perfect
for all of your dessert decorating needs.
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Yield: 36 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
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Crusting Buttercream

Crusting Buttercream

If you need a frosting with staying power, crusting buttercream is
it! As it sets, it forms a light crust on the outside helping it
to keep its shape. It has decent staying power in warmer
temperatures and can easily be flavored a million different ways.
You can easily adjust its consistency making it perfect for
spreading or piping. It is also great for using with your Russian
piping tips. This is a recipe you should definitely have on hand
for decorating cakes and cookies.
Prep time: 13 MinTotal time: 13 Min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1.5 cups shortening
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1.5 Tablespoons flavoring extract (I used a mix of almond and
    vanilla extracts)
  • 5 Tablespoons milk (give or take)

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and shortening until smooth.
  2. Add sugar and extract, beating slowly at first. Add a couple
    tablespoons of milk.
  3. Beat on low to medium speed for at least 5 minutes and continue
    to add milk until you reach the desired consistency.

Calories

198.59

Fat (grams)

11.14

Sat. Fat (grams)

5.09

Carbs (grams)

25.25

Fiber (grams)

0.00

Net carbs

25.25

Sugar (grams)

24.65

Protein (grams)

0.10

Sodium (milligrams)

21.88

Cholesterol (grams)

11.73

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If you need a frosting with staying power, crusting buttercream is it! As it sets, it forms a light crust on the outside helping it to keep its shape.  It has decent staying power in warmer temperatures and can easily be flavored a million different ways.  You can easily adjust its consistency making it perfect for spreading or piping. It is also great for using with your Russian piping tips. This is a recipe you should definitely have on hand for decorating cakes and cookies.

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Unknown

Saturday 8th of August 2020

Carlee.. Hi.. I'm new to cupcake decorating.. How did you get that cute two tone swirl icing and ruffle to it..

Carlee

Saturday 8th of August 2020

Welcome to the world of frosting! ;-) Use a large open star tip, like a Wilton 1M or something similar. When you load your piping bag keep all of one color to one side and the other color to the other side. Then apply a lot of pressure while gently moving the bag up. You should get nice ruffly two tone frosting!

Unknown

Monday 22nd of October 2018

Hi Carlee, I ran across your site as I was searching for a good white cake recipe and white frosting recipe. The crusting buttercream took me back to days with my grandma. Thank you for sharing!

Carlee

Saturday 8th of August 2020

I love food memories like that. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!

Debbie

Thursday 24th of May 2018

Hi Carlee, it's been a long time since I used shortening too, but that's mainly because I've never seen it here. I usually use butter for baking. A buttercream that forms a crust does sound good though!

xx

Unknown

Monday 14th of March 2016

Carlee, I am a frosting freak. There was a span of time that I was decorating cakes at home and I would buy a huge tub of butter cream frosting so I could be economical. But I can't tell you how many times I found myself in front of the fridge with a spoon. Even in the middle of the night it was calling me, that sweet sweet sugar frosting. I love the way you made Ruffles with this crusty frosting it looks really pretty. Pinning so I can pull this back up the next time I make a cake or cupcakes.

Carlee

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

I am a frosting freak too! I love the stuff! I love trying new kinds and flavors, I love the old standbyes and I LOOOOOOVE that when I make it I get to like the beaters. I'm like a kid! Unless of course my two year old wants to lick them. He somehow trumps me! I would do the same thing with the fridge and the spoon!

Unknown

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

You make these look so beautiful! AND easy! thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

Carlee

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Thank you so much, they really are easy!