Combine the butter and shortening in the Kitchen Aid (or stand mixer) bowl with the paddle attachment
Whip on medium to high speed for about 3 minutes.
Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure it is evenly mixed and add the salt. Mix well.
Stop mixer and add the sifted confectioners sugar all at once.
Mix on low speed until incorporated , scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and then mix on high speed for 3 minutes.
Scrape the bowl again and then while mixing on low speed slowly drizzle in the heavy cream.
Increase speed to high and whip for another 5 minutes
Add the flavor extracts and then you are done!
The icing will gain volume almost to the top of a 6qt Kitchen Aid bowl and get very white. (*If you are using a hand beater, the volume will not get as high since the hand beaters cannot incorporate air as efficiently as the Kitchen Aid or stand mixers)
Since then I have been offered many more tips and sets through dozens of vendors asking me to do more reviews and to try out their Russian Piping Tips.
I thought it would be a good idea to spend some time to find a vendor for you all that I could deem reliable and who carried a quality set; since my first go at it was a bit hectic and I want to spare you the trouble.
I decided to go with It’sAllGoodMart.com since they seemed to offer the best quality of the Russian Tips that I have seen, complete with a website that shows you exactly what each tip will look like once it is piped with buttercream.
Additionally they include the coupler that fits these larger style tips and if you read my original review you will know that was one thing I listed on the “cons” list when buying from the vendor I chose.
The Tri Coupler is a really nice addition to the set that also comes with a Silicone Pastry Bag (and this is new to me! Since you know me and my Arrow Thermo Bags) but the silicone bag they include is very durable and reusable. 3 Disposable plastic bags are also included but they are slightly small for the size of the Russian Tips, but hey you can never have too many pastry bags in my opinion; so I’ll just be using those for something else.
So hopefully you have read both reviews and ended up here so you can head over to ItsAllGoodMart.com to buy the tips (Currently they do not offer International Shipping~ HOWEVER you can email Chris direct at email@example.com to arrange a PayPal payment and he will personally ship to you Internationally! Woohoo! It pays to know people in high places! LOL