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Buddy Valastro, host of Food Network's "Buddy Vs. Duff," shares his easy, go-to buttercream recipe for foolproof cake decorating. 


  • 7 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups vegetable shortening
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, or ¾ stick
  • 1 ½ tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons cold water


Serves: Makes 6 cups


In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar, shortening, butter and vanilla and mix at low-medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.

With the machine on, slowly add the water in a thin stream and continue to mix until absorbed, about 3 minutes.

Refrigerate the buttercream in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.