Baking recipes that call for creaming butter are asking you to finely blend butter with ingredients such as sugar. Creaming will leave you with a fluffy, airy mixture, the perfect start for a light cake or delicious frosting. It is important to begin with true butter, as margarine may separate and fail to give you that mouth-watering butter taste. One popular method for creaming butter is hand-blending, but it takes considerable time and patience. Cream your butter quickly by using a blender to combine the ingredients.
Remove any paper wrappers on the butter. Cut one stick of softened butter into 1-inch-wide slices.
Drop three or four butter slices into the blender. Sprinkle in 1 tbsp. of the sugar. Place the lid on the blender and blend the two for 20 seconds.
Add three more slices of butter and 1 tbsp. of butter to the blender. Blend for 20 seconds. Use a long-handled wooden spoon to mix up food at the bottom of the blender. Continue adding butter and sugar until the mix is well blended.
Add 1 tsp. of vanilla extract to give the mix a little moisture.
Don't melt butter in the microwave to soften. This type of cooking may break down the butter, leaving it oily and runny.
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