Buttercream icing made with high ratio shortening has a delightful and light taste to it, almost like a whipped cream icing. It uses less sugar than regular buttercream icing. It is easy to decorate with, but it can be sensitive to humidity. It also has a slight shine to the finish.
You would buy high ratio shortening at a bakery supply store. The only place I have found this right now is online. You can do a Google search and compare prices and shipping.
- 6 c. 10X sugar
- ½ T salt
- 1 t vanilla
- ¾ c boiling water
- 2 1/3 c high ratio shortening
- 1 ½ sticks butter
Using a standard mixer with the whisk attachment, mix sugar and water for about 5 minutes;
add vanilla, shortening, salt and butter; once blended well, whip on high for 15 minutes.
This icing will double in size and be light.