Cupcake Frosting Recipe
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Cupcake Frosting Recipe

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Simple vanilla frosting is a great topper for any cupcake. Annie frosted 300 cupcakes with this recipe for her wedding in lieu of a traditional cake. It made for a delicious bridal twist. —Annie Rundle, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:44 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 44 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 163 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Yield: 5-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Cupcake Frosting in Taste of Home

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josoheb User ID: 8293816 222887
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"Best frosting recipe, hands down! This was perfect! I made it with my paddle and it whipped it very nicely. So many compliments."

Anastace User ID: 7420681 103767
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"I honestly joined so that I could rate this recipe. I halved it and forgot to add the last cup of powder sugar but wow was this good! I have never made a frosting with shortening and though I worried about it for a second, i didn't seem to have a problem while licking the beaters clean. This was really good, light and fluffy. Perfect for cupcakes. Enjoy!"

jmscanlan User ID: 6907828 103764
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"I really like the consistency of this frosting! Very light! I halved it as I only needed it for one batch of cupcakes. Will freeze some of it to see how well it holds up!"

Tete123 User ID: 7270221 177474
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"I'm having a birthday party in a park. The frosting will be good to make for a hot weather? If not please give a a good frosting recipe. Thank you!!"

barbck User ID: 2415126 181970
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"My niece just made this for Easter-great taste and texture-soooo yummy! Thanks!"

Karri81 User ID: 7184552 165392
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"Added a little vanilla, butter flavor and almond extract to the mixture. Also used almond milk instead of cows milk, turned out great. My boyfriend is not a huge sweets/baked goods guy and he said that this frosting was the best he's ever had--not too sweet, fluffy and light! I agree. I added the milk last and whipped the crap out of it for about 3 minuts to fluff it up. :) did not sift the powdered sugar either."

Cayley User ID: 7167944 163435
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"This is the most HORRIBLE thing I ever tasted!!! 8 cups of sugar is way to much! Make it yourself and you will puke! I asked a seven year old to try the frosting (and frosting on a cupcake) and she said it was AWFUL!! NEVER MAKE THIS AND I THINK WHOEVER SUBMITTED THIS MAKE AN ERROR."

pgperry User ID: 7138857 109873
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"I was looking for something quick and easy ... this was perfect...and made alot!


busynursemom User ID: 6181751 160241
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"YUMMMY! Great frosting."

oeg1kallee User ID: 152044 97255
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"super quick and easy- and not a heavy taste. I cut it in half for 24 cupcakes. I added a pinch of salt (it cuts the sweetness) and used butter Crisco, and added 1/2 tsp butter extract. Then I beat it a good 3-5 min to make it light and fluffy"

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