Buttercream Icing is a type of icing usually used to fill or decorate cakes or other desserts and it is sometimes known as mock cream. The basic recipe involves creaming the butter and icing sugar and it can be flavored with vanilla, chocolate or coffee. A colored version of the icing can be simply made by adding color paste or liquid colors. The consistency is usually thick which can be varied with changing the sugar content. Traditionally sweet unsalted butter is used in buttercream icing recipes. Margarine being a cheaper variety is sometimes used in the preparation of the recipe. Normally it can stay good for hours. For preserving the icing for a longer duration it has to be refrigerated in an air tight container. The recipe is brought back to room temperature for a few minutes to regain its original consistency. If needed, it can be whipped again or heated in a double boiler depending on the ingredients used. The cakes and cookies decorated with the buttercream icing are an indispensable part of holidays and parties. Apart from the homemade icing there are some commercial brands of the buttercream icing recipes. Betty Crocker Frosting and Kroger yellow Butter Frosting are some of the popular brands of buttercream icing and are available in numerous flavors and colors.