Butter vs. Vegetable Shortening:
Butter or vegetable shortening? Which do you use in your buttercream? Or rather which should you use in your buttercream? The answer quite simply is – whatever you like the taste of. If you use butter your icing will take on a ‘sunny glow’ but it will colour up just fine with icing colours. If you use vegetable shortening, especially the white, then your icing will be white so if you are going for a snowy white look, white vegetable shortening is the way to go. BUT ultimately, the choice is yours. There are no hard and fast rules for buttercream. Taste and personal choice are the most important things to consider.
Some buttercream icings can also be made with the addition of real cream, but be aware this should be applied to the cake and then the cake eaten as soon as possible – no hardship for most of us.
REMEMBER it is what YOU like! So enjoy.
Until next time