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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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 Recipe Information  
Category: Frostings
# of Servings: ~3 cups
Recipe Entered By: Kathy P
Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara

1/2  cup  shortening
1/2  cup  butter or margarine (1 stick)
1/2  cup  cocoa powder
1  tsp  vanilla (optional)
4  cups  powdered sugar, sifted
3-4  Tbsp  water or milk (for stiff consistancy)
  pinch  salt (optional)

Cream shortening and butter. Add cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla and beat thoroughly. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time mixing well between additions, alternating w/ the water. Scrape down bowl between additions. Start with 3 Tbsp of water and check consistency before adding more.

This will give stiff consistency icing. For thinner consistency, add additional water 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency.

To measure by weight (the preferred method):

4 oz shortening
4 oz butter or margerine
1 lb powdered sugar, sifted

This is a light cocoa frosting. It is not cloyingly sweet or overly chocolaty. For a deeper chocolate flavor, increase the cocoa powder to 3/4 cup.

You can use any kind of stick margarine that is safe for you. Do not use tub or spread margarine as the water content is too high. You can use all shortening if necessary, but the flavor will be flatter and it may require additional liquid to get to the correct consistency. Be sure to add a generous pinch of salt if using unsalted margarine or all shortening.

Use dairy, soy, corn, gluten, and nut free ingredients as needed.

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 Gluten  Wheat  Fish  Shellfish  Sesame  

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