best buttercream icing

Mmmm, is it icing or frosting? I am sure there is some sort of technical difference, and more than likely I am calling it the wrong one- but, you know either way just what it is, so who cares? Oh! If you came here looking for something to do with used coffee grounds….keep reading. You will love it. First my frosting-errr icing…hmmmm.

Maybe I will just call it fricing. Note: spell-check is mad.

Fricing:(noun): [frI-sing] A word created for creamy sweet substance by ignorant blogger who didn’t want to find the proper definition of both frosting and icing.

There. It’s a word now. I need to call Mr. Webster.

Drum roll, please.

It’s fluffy. It’s buttery. It’s sweet.

Cake, as I have mentioned before is one of my all time favorites. I don’t make them much, though. Why? Remember- my hubby tends to like desserts you eat out of hand.

Back to butter cream. Or buttercream. Or fricing.

It’s similar to my other recipe here. But….not exact.

1/2 c salted butter-softened but not too soft. Let’s aim for a “perfect” banana “softness”

1/2 c butter flavor crisco (I know that stuff is unhealthy- sometimes you just have to live a little!)

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp almond extract (use the real stuff)

4 cups shifted powdered sugar

3-4 teaspoons cream (or half and half)

To make:

cream together the butter and shortening until they are fluffy, add in the vanilla and almond extracts.

Fold in the sugar and cream  slowly by hand, when it is incorporated, return to mixer and continue to beat until fluffy.

I can’t wait to make homemade cream filled cookies with this fricing. Gotta finish the cake first.

Y’all want to see some highlights?

My mom got her Pillow Pets. She loves them. Why didn’t I invent that?

These are treasure rocks. Something to do with leftover coffee grounds.

To make them, take 1 c leftover coffee grounds, 1 c flour, 1/2 c salt and enough water to make a dough. Hide little trinkets inside and bake at 150 for 15-17 minutes. Or, set them out in the sun all day. Cool, huh? Have a rock hunt. If I were a guy, I would hide a diamond in one. How cool would that be?! A rock in a rock. So clever.

* the craft “recipes” have been adapted from a DVD called “Kid Concoctions”

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  1. I love your icing recipe… but the treasure rocks with coffee grounds was the best find of the day! Thanks so much… with so much coffee we drink here and 3 kids this was all I needed to entertain them.

  2. Look..I have to tell you..I llllllloved your rocks..and will think of making them to my is easily opened with their tiny hands ,right?
    thanx for sharing,,,the icing is terrific.

  3. So happy to be reminded of treasure rocks. My daughter and I made those too long ago and I know she’d love to do it again. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. OOOooh. The rocks are totally awesome. Friggin awesome. Friggisome. Do you wait until the coffee grounds are dry or does it matter? I’m totally making rocks soon.

    1. I tried it both ways, they both worked, but personally I felt a better dough came out after the grounds “dried” in a bowl for a few hours. Have fun!

  5. I love buttercream frosting. Love it. Not a huge cake fan though and my family does not like cake. I make Birthday Pie, yes Pie. That they like. I would love to make a cake so I could make buttercream frosting but I would be the only one eating it.

  6. Love buttercream! One can never have enough recipes in the file. Those treasure rocks are amazing too! My girl scouts would have loved those! Congrats on the Top 9!

  7. Hi,
    Thank you for the rock recipe. I don’t know what else to do with the kids at home.
    I wanted to do something fun with them before they leave to school, and now with this idea I know what to do.
    Thanks again