This video shows the method to make buttercream icing. Take a cup of white shortening so that mixing it with the other ingredients will make the color white. If you like the taste of butter, you can use half a cup of butter and half a cup of shortening. Start mixing the mixture. Add one teaspoon of vanilla, lemon, orange or almond extract. Add four cups of confectioner's sugar or powder sugar to the mixture. Add it slowly to the mixture so that there is no smoke which forms by adding the whole sugar at one time. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides so that the whole mixture is mixed thoroughly. Add two tablespoons of milk so that the mixture is not dry. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. If you are in a hurry, you can use ready made icing.