How to Make Bakery-Quality Buttercream Frosting for Cupcakes

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Making bakery-quality buttercream requires a few key ingredients to get things just right. Make bakery-quality buttercream with help from a culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Melissa Stone, from, and I'm here to teach you how to make quality buttercream icing. The first step is always to use the best quality ingredients you can afford, that's an old baker's rule, I hope you guys have heard of that. Also, we're going to get real butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, water and milk. One of the first bits is, there is no perfect recipe, you really are just going to have to play with a buttercream icing recipe. You can find them online, of course, everywhere, but these my key ingredients. And, then, my other trick is whipping it for a good amount of time. Okay, so we're going to start with our butter. We're going to add a little bit of powdered sugar, again, you'll get those measurements as you go. We're going to get some vanilla. Alright? And, then, here's a little bit of a trick, we're going to add some water and milk. Most recipes say one or the other, I actually do a bit of both, mostly water and then just a splash. Okay? Let's mix this up. Alright, we've mixed it up and this is the consistency of a yummy buttercream icing. Two points, if your icing is too thick, you only need to add a little more water; if it's too thin, just add a little more of the powdered sugar. The last question I get, most frequently asked question, is do I put Crisco in my icing and the answer is no. One of the negative comments I get about grocery store bought cupcakes and cakes is they can taste that in there. So, I believe the fresher the ingredients, the more yummier it's going to be. Alright, there you have it. My name is Melissa Stone, with, and this is how you make quality buttercream icing.


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