Chocolate Buttercream Icing

  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. Clear Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tbsps. milk
  • 3/4 cup cocoa

OR 3, one ounce unsweetened chocolate squares

Follow instructions for the Buttercream Icing
and then
Add 3/4 cup cocoa or three 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate squares, melted, and an additional 1 – 2 Tbsp. milk to recipe.

Mix until well blended


Icing Hints

When filling layers, use less filling than you usually would.
Your dam of icing should also be far enough from the edge so the filling doesn’t flow out and form a bubble in the icing.
The Wilton cake icer tip (# 789) is an invaluable timesaver in icing wedding tiers.
You will have fewer crumbs when icing, if cakes are baked a day in advance.