Buttercream icing or buttercream frosting is very easy to prepare & it tastes well too. It goes well with cupcakes or cakes & there are many piping & decorating methods from it.
It is a good icing method for a beginner like me.
Here is my basic buttercream icing recipe:

½ cup shortening
½ cup butter
4 cups confectionary sugar
2 tbspn milk
1 tsp vanila
First beat butter & shortening. Add vanilla & mix well.Then add confectionary sugar slowly & mix well. Then add milk & continue beating until get a smooth paste.

After preparing the icing, we can add any flavour or any colour.If you do not have shortening,replace it with butter.

I found that these books are helpful for anybody who are new for cake decorating.These books gave me the basic idea of how to do decorating.
Few free ebooks on Cake Decorating (From King Arthur Flour)

Basic Cake Decorating-Part 1
Basic Cake Decorating- Part 2
Basic Cake Decorating -Part 3

Here is a video on how to make Buttercream icing

Here is a video on how to decorate a cake using buttercream icing

Buttercream icing can be used to making flowers too.There are lot of video tutorials in you tube,which is very helpful for begginers.
I am planning to collect some tutorials & share them here as a guide to work with buttercream icing.

Make sure to participate with my new event,Decorating Challenge!!