Use this creamy vanilla frosting recipe when you need a quick solution for your cakes or cupcakes.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine butter or margarine, shortening, confectioners' sugar, flour, vanilla, and milk in a mixing bowl. Whip all ingredients until fluffy.

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Nutrition Facts

225 calories; 19.7 g total fat; 25 mg cholesterol; 71 mg sodium. 11.6 g carbohydrates; 0.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (69)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2005
I'm surprised this frosting only has a three star rating. It might be because the original recipe has too much butter and made my frosting a little too soft. Another time when I added less butter the frosting came out just perfect. This icing was not only great on my vanilla cake but was good when I made cinnamon rolls. I like it because it has few ingredients and takes very little time to make. Come on allrecipe cooks try this recipe again! Read More
(25)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/07/2005
I think Aunt Mary got her shoe polish recipe and frosting recipe confused. This had no flavor and was extremely greasy. If you need a shoe shine though... this would rock Read More
(41)
82 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 40
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2005
I'm surprised this frosting only has a three star rating. It might be because the original recipe has too much butter and made my frosting a little too soft. Another time when I added less butter the frosting came out just perfect. This icing was not only great on my vanilla cake but was good when I made cinnamon rolls. I like it because it has few ingredients and takes very little time to make. Come on allrecipe cooks try this recipe again! Read More
(25)
Rating: 1 stars
03/06/2005
I think Aunt Mary got her shoe polish recipe and frosting recipe confused. This had no flavor and was extremely greasy. If you need a shoe shine though... this would rock Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2005
I'm surprised this frosting only has a three star rating. It might be because the original recipe has too much butter and made my frosting a little too soft. Another time when I added less butter the frosting came out just perfect. This icing was not only great on my vanilla cake but was good when I made cinnamon rolls. I like it because it has few ingredients and takes very little time to make. Come on allrecipe cooks try this recipe again! Read More
(25)
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Rating: 1 stars
02/23/2004
If you want to clog an artery this is the recipe for you. After just tasting it i could feel the grease stick to my thoat and it doesn't taste much like frosting. STAY AWAY FROM THIS RECIPE!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/07/2003
I thought for sure other raters were just pessimists but this frosting is not tasty at all. It tastes too much like shortening. Read More
(15)
Rating: 1 stars
01/28/2004
There has to be some mistake ading flour to a frosting receipe. This was the most disgusting frosting I've ever eaten. It tasted greasy and had the wonderful aftertaste of raw flour. YUCK! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2006
My entire family loved this frosting. It was so very easy to prepare and was not as sweet as alot of recipes. YUMMY Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/05/2009
I whipped the butter and shortening together then added the confectioners sugar and vanilla. After I got it combined nicely I added whole milk by tbsp until it was the consistancy I wanted. When I tried it it was not good. At all. And I'm being nice. I had to add another cup and a half of confectioners sugar and about four tbsp. of vanilla to get it moderately acceptable. And still I find it greasy and over sweet. I'm upset I wasted my time and ingredients on this. Partially my fault because I didn't read the reviews first. I was in a hurry. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/09/2007
might as well just butter the cupcakes.. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/21/2007
I did not care for this recipe. I would never recommend this EVER. I had to add 2 more cups of conf. sugar and 2 tsp of vanilla extract just to make it taste decent and it was still clumpy and tasted like butter. Read More
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