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post #1 of 18
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does anyone else have problems with their butter not completely mixing in with the Crisco? ive had this happen twice.. the other day, after I made my buttercream, I noticed it had little specs of butter in it, that wasn't fully mixed in. I had let the butter stick set out all night so I know it was at room temp.. i even let it mix longer once i saw it.........what happened?
post #2 of 18

Perhaps it's the brand of butter. Are you making Wilton style buttercream? First cream your butter with some of the confectioners' sugar until you no longer see those specs. Then proceed as usual.

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And P.S. - refrain from insulting the butter. Trust me, I learned the hard way. Ingredients don't care for being called "stupid" or being ridiculed in other ways. I have stories...  

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post #4 of 18
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first time I tried name brand, land o lakes;  second time I used the generic ..........I mixed the butter with the Crisco. then added my flavoring.. meringue powder, and milk.. like usual...   most of the time I use all Crisco, no butter, but when I do use butter,, it wont mix...

but ill try mixing it first with the sugar,,,,,,,but then do I add the Crisco?

post #5 of 18

I had this problem last week, mix your shortening until smooth, then add melted butter.  Mix that completely until there are no lumps, then add in your sifted powdered sugar.

I hope this was helpful!

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post #6 of 18
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really?  melted butter?.........hmm ok

post #7 of 18

Yes melted butter.  Just keep in mind that the butter is warm and a liquid consistency.  So your icing will be softer.  As the butter cools down and re-solidifies your buttercream with harden a bit more.  You can always add more water or icing sugar later to get your desired consistency.

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And P.S. - refrain from insulting the butter. Trust me, I learned the hard way. Ingredients don't care for being called "stupid" or being ridiculed in other ways. I have stories...  

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post #9 of 18

You mention using meringue powder. I wonder if that is what is causing those specks?  Can certainly be.

post #10 of 18
I mix my fat for about 15 minutes before adding any flavorings or sugar. I use hot whipping cream to thin it out and that usually smooths out any tiny lumps. My butter never gets truly soft even being out all night because my house stays so cold.
post #11 of 18
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I mix my fat for about 15 minutes before adding any flavorings or sugar. I use hot whipping cream to thin it out and that usually smooths out any tiny lumps. My butter never gets truly soft even being out all night because my house stays so cold.

I just love the dog in your avatar...

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Geoffrey? You want him? He's good at hiding under my side of the bed and farting.
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Geoffrey? You want him? He's good at hiding under my side of the bed and farting.

Oh, you know that if I came to get him you wouldn't give him away, he's cute!

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Geoffrey? You want him? He's good at hiding under my side of the bed and farting.

And you get blamed? Reminds me of a chihuahua, a true little gas bag  8O, we used to have. My mom was in the driver's seat when she pulled into an old full-service gas station and the timid little dog sought refuge under my mom's seat when the attendant reached in to unlock the hood. Right at that opportune moment, she, (the dog), let loose with one of her best. My mom sputtered "heh heh, it's my dog!" …. Yeah, lady, I'm sure I believe that, as no dog was in sight!

 

It's been a family joke ever since.

 

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post #15 of 18
Haha Jan! I have another Boston named Bridget, she's Geoffrey's sister. They are a hoot but very mischievous. They have no respect for me and misbehave when my husband's not around. So yeah, come get them both!
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