Decorating Buttercream Icing


teaspoon clear vanilla extract
tablespoons milk or water
cup solid vegetable shortening
pound powdered sugar



Sift the powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl.  Measure remaining ingredients into the same bowl.  Blend on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together.  Scrape bowl when necessary.  Blend an additional minute or so, until creamy.


Optional:  To improve flavor, add 1 teaspoon butter extract and a pinch of salt.


Makes 3 cups.  May need to be doubled.  Can be thinned with more liquid if necessary.