Buttercream (Decorator) Icing
1/2 c. butter (use all Crisco if must be pure white)
1/2 c. Crisco shortening
1 - 2 t. flavoring (vanilla, clear vanilla or almond)
1lb. sifted confectioner's sugar
A few tablespoons milk or cream as needed.
With a mixer, mix in the butter, shortening and flavorings. Add the confectioner's sugar. Mixture will be stiff. Add milk or cream until you get the desired stiffness. (Use very little milk for decorator items, like to make flowers or complicated borders, use more milk for icing cake and writing tips.)