Buttercream Extravaganza

My friend, Geeg, has a daughter who is turning two-years-old.  Her birthday party was on Monday at a neighborhood park.  When I found out that Geeg was planning to slap some icing on a 9X13 cake and call it done, I had to intervene.  No decorations?  No writing?  Uncacceptable!

I am by no means a cake decorating expert but I have taken a basics class.  Let’s just say I know my way around some buttercream…  I may not be able to do fondant or fancy basket weaves but I can turn out a respectable basic birthday cake.  So, I happily volunteered to decorate Geeg’s daughter’s cake.

It’s not perfect but I am happy with how it turned out.  I heard that Audrey liked it.  Wildman and I did not get to go to the party since he was sick.


Buttercream Icing

2 lbs.  bag of powdered sugar
1/2 cup warm water
3 tablespoons meringue powder
1 cup Crisco vegetable shortening
1 tsp. almond flavoring
1 tablespoon butter flavoring
1 tablespoon clear vanilla

Mix together in a stand mixer for five minutes or so…  Add gel coloring to make desired colors.  This recipe makes a ton!  It’s enough to cover and decorate a two layer 10-inch round cake.

If you want the kind of icing that hardens into flowers or whatever (Royal Icing) then use the first 3 ingredients only.