Mary Jane Clark shares Piper's Simple Buttercream Icing

The heroine of mystery author Mary Jane Clark's Wedding Cake Mystery series, is Piper Donovan. In this month's To Have and to Kill, twenty-something Piper has returned home to work in her mother's bakery. Now get a taste for the spirit of this heroine with the recipe below!

Piper’s Simple Buttercream Icing

4 sticks (2 cups) softened unsalted butter
8 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the softened butter for 3 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar, beating slowly. Then add the vanilla and beat on higher setting until the buttercream is fluffy and very light.

This recipe makes 7 cups of icing. To cover a three-tiered wedding cake, serving 100 people, make the recipe five times.

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