This flavorful icing is ideal for decorating. It may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week. Re-whip before using.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
3 -1/2 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat shortening and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, about 3 minutes; stir in vanilla extract. Beat sugar, one cup at a time, into butter mixture on medium speed. Add milk and beat on high speed until light and fluffy.

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  • Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to decorate. For best results, keep icing refrigerated when not using.

Nutrition Facts

263 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 39.2g 13% DV; fat 12.3g 19% DV; cholesterol 15.5mg 5% DV; sodium 42.5mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (73)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2012
Basic buttercream frostings don't vary much in terms of ingredients; butter and or shortening, powdered sugar, flavoring (usually vanilla) and liquid (usually milk). Where they do vary is in the amounts of the ingredients, less or more fat, less or more powdered sugar, and so on. This recipe has those measurements nailed on all counts, and I particularly liked the combination of shortening and butter. (I happen to be in Naples now where it is Africa hot, so I needed the sturdier holding power of the shortening) I stuck to the measurements precisely, but fiddled with the flavoring slightly - a half teaspoon each of vanilla, almond extract and butter flavor and just a pinch of salt. There aren't too many buttercream frostings I like well enough to eat directly from the decorating bag (once finished with it of course) like this one! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2012
I could really taste the shortening at first. I added about 2 more tsp of van and let it sit at room temp for awhile and then mixed it again and it tasted better. Does harden up nicely so I will be using this batch to decorate the cake. Read More
(8)
92 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 70
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2012
Basic buttercream frostings don't vary much in terms of ingredients; butter and or shortening, powdered sugar, flavoring (usually vanilla) and liquid (usually milk). Where they do vary is in the amounts of the ingredients, less or more fat, less or more powdered sugar, and so on. This recipe has those measurements nailed on all counts, and I particularly liked the combination of shortening and butter. (I happen to be in Naples now where it is Africa hot, so I needed the sturdier holding power of the shortening) I stuck to the measurements precisely, but fiddled with the flavoring slightly - a half teaspoon each of vanilla, almond extract and butter flavor and just a pinch of salt. There aren't too many buttercream frostings I like well enough to eat directly from the decorating bag (once finished with it of course) like this one! Read More
(85)
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2012
I used this for a red velvet cake and took it to my son's for a cookout. I used butter flavored crisco for the shortening.It was fantastic. I will use this recipe from now on. Thanks for sharing Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2012
Yummy frosting! Great texture and I really like the flavor. This is a riff on a buttercream I make pretty frequently and the milk really helps the texture. Read More
(18)
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Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2012
I could really taste the shortening at first. I added about 2 more tsp of van and let it sit at room temp for awhile and then mixed it again and it tasted better. Does harden up nicely so I will be using this batch to decorate the cake. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2013
Love this! Made it chocolate by adding 6 tablespoons hershey's baking cocoa powder and increased the milk to 8 tablespoons. Delicious! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2012
This is the first time I've made frosting and I think I did pretty well. This recipe was simple and easy and oh so delicious. I did end up adding a little more milk than called for and I also added almond extract because I love it. I used butter flavored shortening and it turned out perfectly. Will definitely do this again so much better than store-bought frosting. Read More
(6)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2013
OMYGOODNESS!!! this is the perfect recipe! Tasted like betty crocker! make sure you mix he shortening and butter together very well until they are super whipped - other than that it was perfect!!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 2 stars
03/04/2014
I found this recipe and made it exactly as written. All I could taste was shortening. That's when I added more vanilla lemon and even a vanilla bean to mask the shortening taste. Not gonna' happen. Now it tastes like sweet vanilla-lemon shortening. Did I mention that it tastes like shortening?! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2013
This is your standard buttercream recipe! No need to change a thing creamy and Delicious! I used this frosting for my red velvet cookies I made turned out fantastic!! I couldnt stop licking my fingers...lol Read More
(3)
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