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Cake with Buttercream Decorating Frosting Recipe
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Cake with Buttercream Decorating Frosting Recipe

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This sweet creamy frosting made with real butter is easy to blend together and holds its shape nicely when used to decorate a special layer cake. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 package cake mix of your choice (regular size)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 12 cups confectioners' sugar (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk
  • Blue, yellow and green gel, paste or liquid food coloring


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for two 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, salt and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency.
  3. Place 1/4 cup frosting each in three small bowls; tint one blue, one yellow and one green. Set aside 2-1/4 cups of remaining frosting for basket weave decoration and shell border. Spread remaining frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
  4. To decorate, cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert medium basket weave tip. Fill the bag with reserved white frosting. Decorate sides of cake using basket weave pattern (see diagrams at right). Change to medium star tip to pipe shell border along bottom and top edges of cake.
  5. For writing, use medium round tip and blue frosting to pipe desired greeting off-center on top of cake. Use medium round tip and green frosting to pipe vines around writing. Switch to medium leaf tip to pipe green leaves along vines. Use small flower tip to pipe yellow and blue flowers along vines. Leftover frosting can be frozen for up to 3 months. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Editor's Note: Use of a coupler ring will allow you to easily change pastry tips for different designs.
Originally published as Cake with Buttercream Decorating Frosting in Quick Cooking May/June 2001, p57

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"very easy to make and decorate with, just make sure it is not too hot in your kitchen, or chill it some before you use it, it did separate some"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I made this dairy free by substituting Crisco butter sticks for the butter and using soy milk. It turned out fine and this is going to be my go-to decorating frosting."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"This frosting is wonderful, and we use it several times throughout the year for birthday cakes. We also make 1/3 recipe to decorate cutout cookies at Christmastime!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2009

"add 1 tsp butter extract

1/2 tsp almond extract
subsitute milk for water and add 1/2 cup powdered creamer"

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