Buttercream Frosting

Tulips piped using buttercream and Russian piping tips.

Tulips piped using buttercream and Russian piping tips.

1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) vegetable shortening, at room temperature

1/2 cup (4 ounces) butte,r at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla, almond, or butter flavor extract

2 tablespoons milk

4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Beat the shortening and butter together until smooth.  Bea in the extracts and milk.  With the mixer on medium, beat in the sugar, one cup at a time until well combined.  Continue to beat for 7-10 minutes until light, smooth, and creamy.

Will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.  Makes about 3 cups.

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