Q and A -- Cream Cheese Icing; Semi Homemade Icing

A Yahoo! searcher from Herndon, Virginia would like to know:
How long does Cream Cheese Icing last?
If kept in a tightly covered container in the fridge, cream cheese icing will easily last 10 days.

Cream Cheese Icing

1/4 cup (4 ounces) butter, softened
8 ounce cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 pound box powdered sugar, sifted
Cream butter and cheese. Add vanilla. Add sifted powdered sugar and whip until completely combined. Cakes made with cream cheese frosting should be kept in the refrigerator.

A Google searcher from Fertile, Minnesota (sounds like a lovely spot doesn't it???) would like to know about Sandra Lee's Semi Homemade Frosting.
The query included 'add powdered sugar to store bought frosting'.
I could not find a Semi Homemade recipe that stated this, however you certainly can add powdered sugar to cans of premade frosting in order to thicken them enough for piping borders on cakes or for making other decorations. A lower priced alternative to purchasing cans of frosting would be to make your own American Buttercream which can be made heavier (with more powdered sugar) or lighter to your preference.

American Buttercream

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon
Clear Vanilla Extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approx. 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons milk
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

American Buttercream will form a bit of a 'crust' which some people prefer. It helps the iced cake to retain moisture very well even when refrigerated for a couple of days.

An aside to the Google searcher from Rochester, Michigan who was looking for a recipe for Sugar Cookies made with Limburger Cheese... those big kids were making fun of you!

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