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Basic Buttercream Icing


Great for cupcakes and cakes

Rate this recipe 4.1/5 (15 Votes)


  • 3 cups shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white vanilla
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons white corn syrup
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 11 cups icing sugar


Servings 12
Level of difficulty Easy
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Cream shortening.

Step 2

Add remainder and mix on low speed to blend. Scrape down bowl and turn to high speed. beat 3 minutes. Will appear curdly at first


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  • 1/4 cup / 50g of softened butter
  • 1 egg (divide the yolk and white)
  • 1/4 cup / 50g of sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup / 150g of flour
  • 1 cup / 100g of chopped nuts
  • Salted caramel
  • Melted dark chocolate


  1. In a bowl, mix together the butter, egg yolk, sugar, and salt.

  2. Add the flour and mix. Roll into a ball.

  3. Chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Remove from refrigerator. Divide the dough and roll into 1-inch balls.

  5. Dip each ball in egg yolk, and then roll in chopped nuts.

  6. Place on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), and press your thumb into the center.

  7. Bake at 340°F/170°C for 12 minutes, or until golden.

  8. Remove from oven and let cool.

  9. Pour the salted caramel into the center groove,and drizzle with dark chocolate.

  10. Enjoy!

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