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How do I make WHITE buttercream?

post #1 of 35
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Everytime I make buttercream, it comes out a pale lemon colour, no matter how much whitening powder i put in it, it never goes white!!

I make it by 1 part butter to 2 parts icing sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract.

I heard somewhere to use trex/crisco in it instead of butter, but surely that would make it taste like fat?

Can anyone help please?
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post #2 of 35
Hi there
Yep, to make white buttercream you need to use trex / white flora. You say wont that taste like fat? Well trex etc is vegetable fat, but what what do you think butter is?? That's animal fat!
Be aware that the vanilla extract may colour your buttercream slightly too, so maybe use sparingly? Hth xx
post #3 of 35
To get a white buttercream, use crisco/trex, confectioners sugar and if you're going to use vanilla extract, use the clear vanilla extract is it's available to you in the UK. Always use clear vanilla to keep your icing white.
post #4 of 35
To get a white buttercream, use crisco/trex, confectioners sugar and if you're going to use vanilla extract, use the clear vanilla extract is it's available to you in the UK. Always use clear vanilla to keep your icing white.
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post #6 of 35
I forgot about that. My niece uses this in her icings. It doesn't get perfectly white, but it does get it whiter. Give it a try.
post #7 of 35
I make Sugarshack's buttercream recipe and it gets very white. It uses hi-ratio shortening and clear vanilla extract and butter extract.
post #8 of 35
I have read on here to put just a teeny touch of violet color in it to make it white.
post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by willow1810

Everytime I make buttercream, it comes out a pale lemon colour, no matter how much whitening powder i put in it, it never goes white!!

I make it by 1 part butter to 2 parts icing sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract.

I heard somewhere to use trex/crisco in it instead of butter, but surely that would make it taste like fat?

Can anyone help please?

Here's a little secret.....

Place your butter in your mixing bowl and beat the daylights out of it for about 5 minutes before preceding....beating the butter first will dramatically whiten its color....I never add any kind of whitener!
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by willow1810

Everytime I make buttercream, it comes out a pale lemon colour, no matter how much whitening powder i put in it, it never goes white!!

I make it by 1 part butter to 2 parts icing sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract.

I heard somewhere to use trex/crisco in it instead of butter, but surely that would make it taste like fat?

Can anyone help please?

Here's a little secret.....

Place your butter in your mixing bowl and beat the daylights out of it for about 5 minutes before preceding....beating the butter first will dramatically whiten its color....I never add any kind of whitener!
post #11 of 35
Thread Starter 
Great Guys, thanks for all your help. Still can't get my head around using trex, but like you say Emmar308 butter is meat fat! Here goes for brilliant white icing! Thanks again guys x
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post #12 of 35
If you're nervous about the fatty taste, keep in mind you can use butter flavouring (it's clear) or a recipe that uses cream cheese as well.

HTH
post #13 of 35
"Great Guys, thanks for all your help. Still can't get my head around using trex, but like you say Emmar308 butter is meat fat! Here goes for brilliant white icing! Thanks again guys x"

I'm not sure what sort of butter you guys have but I thought that butter is a dairy product made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk? not animal fat!!!..

anyways a tip I use is to put in the smallest amount of blue food colouring into your buttercream this with the yellow of the butter makes it go white, it really works, just dont over do it, ie a pin drop at a time.

Hope that helps, Happy baking.
post #14 of 35

Butter isn't an animal fat!! 

post #15 of 35
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Originally Posted by Emmar308 View Post

Hi there
Yep, to make white buttercream you need to use trex / white flora. You say wont that taste like fat? Well trex etc is vegetable fat, but what what do you think butter is?? That's animal fat!
Be aware that the vanilla extract may colour your buttercream slightly too, so maybe use sparingly? Hth xx

 Butter isn't an animal fat, animal fat comes from the animal itself as a result of it being slaughtered... for example lard/dripping. Butter is a diary product. 

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