My Favorite Butter Cream Icing Recipe for Decorating Cakes

by Linette

Birthday cakeI love to decorate cakes and cupcakes! I’m always looking for a good recipe for cake decorating icing. I do have a recipe that is my go to icing recipe for cake decorating. This is the recipe I usually use when I’m decorating a cake or cupcakes.

Here is my favorite icing recipe for decorating cakes, cookies, or cupcakes.

I got this recipe from my sister, and I’ve had great luck with it.

Butter Cream Icing Recipe


  • 1/2 cup butter (softened but not melted)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 5-6 tablespoons of warm water

Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth, add the vanilla. Dissolve the salt into the warm water completely. Mix the water/salt mixture into the creamed butter and shortening. Put the mixer on low, and add powdered sugar slowly, mixing constantly.

The amount of water can be increased or decreased to achieve the desired consistency, I usually have the best luck with 6 tablespoons.

Add food coloring to make the color you need, and ice away.

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