Make this famous icing at home in just a few minutes and make everyone feel delighted!
8 ounces butter
2 cups vegetable shortening (preferably Crisco)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon meringue powder
2 pounds confectioners’ sugar r, sifted
1 tablespoon milk (optional)
Combine the butter, Crisco, and salt in a large bowl and beat on low speed for 5 minutes. Add the vanilla, butter flavor, and almond extract and beat until well blended.
Turn off the mixer and add the meringue powder and half of the confectioners’ sugar. Mix on the slowest speed then add the remaining sugar 1/2 cup at a time, until all the sugar is mixed in.
Turn the mixer up to medium and beat until smooth and creamy. 5 minutes will do. If the icing seems too thick to spread, beat in up to 1 tablespoon of milk to loosen it.
Meringue powder and butter flavoring can be found where cake decorating supplies are sold.
The recipe can be made without Meringue powder and butter flavoring, but you would like to use the butter flavoring as the icing tastes better with it. And, very important, the icing will hold its shape better with the meringue powder.
It’s better if you sift your confectioners’ sugar before using. Sifting eliminates those clumps that sometimes form in the confectioners’ sugar. Once you have sifted the confectioners’ sugar it blends together better than unsifted confectioners’ sugar. If you don’t have a sifter you can use a regular sieve and that will work just fine.
You can make the icing ahead of time before using it. Store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Bring it to room temp and whisk or use an electric mixer to make it soft for spreading and voilá!