Buttercream Icing Recipe

Buttercream Icing Recipe

1 cup of white solid vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon of clear flavoring like vanilla, butter or almond
4 tablespoons of liquid* (see explanation below)
1 lb pure cane confectioners sugar

Cream shortening, flavoring and water. Add powder sugar and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together.

*For your liquid you can use water, milk, flavored coffee creamer to name a few. I use non dairy creamer mixed with boiling water. It is non dairy so your iced cake can sit out and you won't have to worry about the icing spoiling.

You can double, triple, quadruple this recipe to make more at one time.

Don't mix your icing for to long or on too high a speed.
You don't want to incorporate air bubbles into your icing.
 Use a clear flavoring so your icing is white. If you used the brown vanilla your finished icing would be an ivory color, which is ok it that is what you want.
If you are coloring your icing it is best to start with a white icing.

Roll Out Cookie Dough Recipe

This is Wilton's Roll out cookie recipe, it is a good one. But my favorite is Cookie Crazie's recipe
Roll Out Cookie Recipe
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400. In mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Mix flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. At this point you can knead in icing colors for colored dough. Do not chill. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter and 1/8 of an inch thick. Dip cookie cutter into flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet for 6-7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.
Makes about 2 dozen

Home made cake release...Your cakes will never stick to the pan again!!

Have you ever had a problem with your cakes sticking to your pan? Well, not anymore. Try this homemade cake release recipe and you will never have another cake stick to your pans!
1 cup flour
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup solid vegetable shortening
mix ingredients well, then use a pastry brush to "paint" onto your cake pan, cupcake pan, ect. Store the left over in your fridge and use it for your next cake.

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Slice of cake Stawberry Shortcake

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I had the great opportunity to make cakes for parties for her shop.
Anyway, this cake is totally Jennifer's personality! I can thank her for the inspiration.

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The little balls are made of fondant attached to floral wire and inserted into the cake.

Cupcake Tower

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Princess Cake

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Pink, Yellow & Orange Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

I absolutly LOVE to do the Topsy Turvy cakes. They are so much fun. I was asked to do a Topsy that had orange and teal in it and this is what I came up with. The party girl loved it!