Wilton’s Buttercream Icing (stiffer consistency for piping)
Cream shortening, flavoring, and water. Add dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together. Blend an additional minute or so, until creamy. Yields 3 cups.
Chocolate Buttercream icing can be made by adding ¾ cup cocoa or three 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate quarters (melted) and an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons water to recipe.