Step 1: Prepare ingredients – Electric Mixer with Paddle or Hand Mixer with Beaters, Buttercream Icing Mix, 4 Tbsp softened butter (per 1lb Icing Mix), 1 Tbsp cool water (per 1lb Icing Mix)
Step 2: Add Buttercream Icing Mix and butter to mixing bowl. Mix medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes until butter is incorporated, scraping sides as necessary
Step 3: Mix low/medium speed, slowly add water until incorporated
Step 4: Mix low/medium speed another 1 to 2 minutes until smooth
How much buttercream does a 2lb pail of Icing Mix make?
2 lb Buttercream Icing Mix yields 4.5 cups of buttercream using recommended recipe
2 lb Buttercream Icing Mix yields 5 cups of buttercream using ‘fluffy’ recipe
It takes about 2½ to 3 cups of icing to generously fill and frost a two-layer 9-inch cake.
For a three-layer cake, plan on using 3½ to 4 cups
What kind of butter can I use?
For most versatile use, we recommend ½ salted, ½ unsalted. For dietary considerations, shortening or vegan butter can be used in place of butter. Be sure to use butter that is softened to room temperature.
Butter/fat level can be adjusted to achieve desired consistency, recommended range is 2-4 oz per 1 lb of icing mix
BUTTER SUBSTITUTES: High ratio shortening, Vegan butter alternatives, Margarine
What speed should I use on the mixer?
We recommend to always mix on low to medium speed as it prevents air bubbles.
How do I color the buttercream?
Once you have the Buttercream Icing Mix completely combined, you can add color. Gel colors are recommended as the consistency will blend best with the buttercream. Dip a clean toothpick into the gel color and add to the buttercream. Use a spatula or electric mixer to mix the color in. For black buttercream, we recommend starting with chocolate buttercream.
How can I change the consistency to suit the project I'm working on?
By adjusting the amounts of butter or water that are added to the Icing Mix, you can create a buttercream consistency that is soft, medium or firm.
Tip: If needed, double the water for dry climates
|Recommended||1 lb (454g)||4 Tbsp (57g)||1 Tbsp (14g)|
|Firm||1 lb (454g)||4 Tbsp (57g)||1.5 tsp (7g)|
|Softer||1 lb (454g)||4 Tbsp (57g)||1.5 Tbsp (21g)|
|Extra Buttery||1 lb (454g)||8 Tbsp (114g)||1.5 tsp (7g)|
How can I get a fluffier buttercream for fillings?
- Aerating the Buttercream Icing Mix during mixing will create a fluffier buttercream.
- Use an electric mixer with the paddle attachment
- Measure Buttercream Icing Mix and butter into your mixing bowl and mix on low speed until combined
- Add half of water on medium, mix on medium until combined.
- Scrape sides of bowl & paddle as necessary.
- Mix on medium-high for 8-12 minutes to aerate, volume should increase and mix will become very smooth & fluffy.
- Add remaining water and mix on low until fully incorporated, buttercream should be very smooth.
How do I make it less sweet?
A pinch of salt or small amount of lemon juice can be added to taste, or to cut sweetness. For best results, dissolve salt first in the water/liquid before mixing in. For any lemon juice added, subtract from water quantity.
What water substitutes could I use?
Milk, Cream, Nut Milk, Coconut Cream, and Concentrated Fruit Compounds are all great alternatives to water for creating recipes to suit dietary needs or flavor adjustments.