Buttercream icing is fantastic for use as a base for cupcakes or cakes due to its soft, creamy texture and taste. Buttercream icing is often used because of its smooth texture but it has other uses as well. It can also be used for more ornate decorations or writing. With the addition of extra liquid, buttercream icing can be used for writing. Add some confectioners sugar to stiffen to use for piping roses or to add textured designs. Buttercream icing is great for functions where allergies are a concern as this icing does not contain eggs.
Things You'll Need
Prepare your buttercream icing as directed by your selected recipe.
If you are not using your icing immediately, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
If preparing in advance, scrape the icing into a container that has an airtight lid. Icing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days
Store for longer by placing the icing in an airtight container and placing in the freezer for up to three months.
Whip with mixer after taking out of the refrigerator or freezer to smooth the icing before use.
References and ResourcesWhat's Cooking America; Buttercream Icing - Buttercream Icing 101; Peggy Weaver
All Recipes; Buttercream Icing; Sharon Gerstman
Michaels: Wilton Buttercream Icing
Epicurious; Decorator's Buttercream Icing; Toba Garrett