Rating: 3.92 stars
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

A not-so-sweet white frosting alternative that is great for all cakes and decorating needs. This may be tinted with food color if you like.

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Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 frosting for 2 layer 8 inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, beat shortening and sugar together until smooth. slowly mix in milk, vanilla and almond extract. Beat on high speed of an electric mixer for 5 to 7 minutes, scraping often, until mixture is light and fluffy.

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Nutrition Facts

217 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 15.9g; fat 17.2g; cholesterol 0.4mg; sodium 2.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2003
This recipe saved the day! My son is allergic to milk so I need a recipe that doesn't have butter in it. I substituted soy milk for the milk in the recipe and it turned out great. It was easy to tint and piped beautifully. Not too sweet... just perfect. I can't say enough...:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/07/2006
Smells like almond tastes like whipped lard. Upon adding more powdered sugar (almost twice the amount) the lard flavor prevailed as it oiled the roof of my mouth. I absolutely hated it. Sorry. Read More
(6)
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2003
This recipe saved the day! My son is allergic to milk so I need a recipe that doesn't have butter in it. I substituted soy milk for the milk in the recipe and it turned out great. It was easy to tint and piped beautifully. Not too sweet... just perfect. I can't say enough...:) Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2003
Tastes great!! I like it because it's not too heavy it's "whipped" which is just the way I like it. I also like the flavor that the almond extract gives it. I did'nt have butter shortening so I used 2 sticks of margarine and I added a little extra confectioners sugar to get it the right consistancy. I also added a little red food coloring to make pink frosting for a valentines day cake. If it isn't beat long enough it will come out too thin. I almost made that mistake. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/06/2006
Smells like almond tastes like whipped lard. Upon adding more powdered sugar (almost twice the amount) the lard flavor prevailed as it oiled the roof of my mouth. I absolutely hated it. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/26/2009
I thought this frosting was terrible. The ratio of shortening to sugar makes it taste like you are eating a lot of plain shortening. Maybe I am unique but I prefer my frosting to not taste like shortening and if enough powdered sugar is added it will be a lot better. Oh and I would also add a pinch of salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2003
This is the best frosting for cakes. I was looking for a frosting that wasn't so sweet and this one is unbelievable! Everyone who tries this frosting agrees that it is the best! It tastes great on mock-angel food cake. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2005
This was a good frosting. The vanilla and almond flavoring was perfect for a yellow cake with raspberry filling which I used it for. The only problem was that it wasn't enough for a 9"layer cake. I don't mind making a larger batch but it's helpful to know before hand. It was too late to start another recipe because I had company coming. It would be enough for a sheet cake but make 1 1/2 recipes to cover adequately an 8 or 9 " layer cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2004
I used this frosting on sugar cookies and it turned out wonderfully. Everyone complemented on how good the cookies were. I will continue to use this frosting recipe whenever else I need it. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2008
thank you so much for this great rec1pe. i really have enjoyed it. God bless every one Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/20/2003
I made this to frost on Hershey's Deep Dark Chocolate Cake. I didn't have enough baking cocoa to make their frosting. I only had 1/2 cup shortening for this recipe so I used butter for the other 1/2 cup. Other than that no changes. The shortening taste in this frosting was very evident to the point of being sickening. I think I will try this again with only butter. Meanwhile I will scrape it off the cake and serve the cake with ice cream. Read More
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