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 tablespoons: 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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Irismd User ID: 8614231 263846
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2017

"Pretty good as written but tastes better if butter increased to 1.5 cups and Crisco decreased to 0.5 cup. It is more heat stable than pure butter cream and sets nicely so piping looks beautiful next day. but the adjustment makes it more buttery and delicious. I made it both ways."

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."

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