Hester's Red Velvet Cake Icing


My Great Grandmother Hester's recipe, as given to me by my Great Aunt Jan.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 servings


  • 1 cup milk

  • ¼ cup flour

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Cook the milk and flour in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula until thickened, about 5 minutes. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until chilled.

  2. Combine the vegetable shortening, sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat the chilled milk mixture into the shortening mixture until fluffy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
18g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 1g
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 34mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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