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How to Make Buttercream Icing

Watch more Cake Baking, Frosting, & Icing videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to make your own buttercream icing from scratch by following this recipe. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Add syrup Increase the mixer speed to high and slowly pour the hot sugar syrup down the side of the mixer bowl, beating until stiff meringue peaks form. Then let the meringue cool in the bowl for 30 minutes. Tip You can also substitute equal amounts shortening for the butter to make pure white icing with a thicker consistency. Step 2: Make syrup Pour the remaining sugar in a saucepan with the water and stir it over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Step 3: Mix over heat Place the mixer bowl on a stove burner at medium heat and beat it with a whisk for five to 10 seconds to warm it if the buttercream appears broken or curdled. Then return the bowl to the mixer and beat it at medium speed, repeating as many times as necessary until you have smooth buttercream icing to decorate your cakes, cupcakes, or turn into delicate icing roses. Step 4: Beat egg whites Beat the egg white mixture with the whisk attachment at medium speed until soft peaks form. Step 5: Add butter Beat the meringue again at medium speed and add the butter, 2 to 3 tablespoons at a time. Allow the butter to be absorbed before adding more. Step 6: Boil syrup Increase the heat and attach your candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan, making sure the bulb is completely submerged. Boil the syrup until the thermometer reads between 238 and 240 degrees Fahrenheit, and then immediately remove the pan from the heat. Tip You can use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean. Step 7: Combine egg whites, sugar, vanilla Combine the egg whites and 1/3 cup sugar in the mixer bowl. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scraping the seeds into the mixture with a knife. Did You Know? It takes 25 gallons of milk to make 11 pounds of butter.
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