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Cupcake Frosting Recipe

Cupcake Frosting Recipe

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. YIELD:44 servings


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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

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"

busynursemom User ID: 6181751 103763
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"Tasteful and easy to make. I only made half of what the recipe call for and still had more than enough for 24 cupcakes."

lefty11 User ID: 6163125 210401
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"I needed frosting in a pinch, and this was the perfect recipe! It comes together fast, and tastes wonderful! I like that it is not as heavy as bakery frosting, probably because of the shortening... Awesome recipe, definitely one I'll use again!"

4seasonsemb User ID: 6775476 177473
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"Just an awesome tasting recipe."

summer888 User ID: 4210811 118455
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"Perfect! Halves well. I used red food coloring to make pink frosting for mini strawberry Valentine's cupcakes! I didn't sift the sugar."

gobake User ID: 6037692 118379
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011


hannahluce User ID: 4630250 109871
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"I made a small batch of cupcakes (1 dozen) and one QUARTER (1/4) of this recipe was the perfect amount! And so yummy and easy!"

Staarr User ID: 5615874 181969
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"Haven't tried it yet but had to comment that *slickery* should be a word! Describes bakery frosting perfectly!"

lightedway User ID: 4228023 103761
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I have used this recipe and variations of it for years. It's sweet of course but isn't as sweet and slickery as bakery frosting (which I love also). Comes together quickly and with a couple drops of food color it's terrific for any occasion. Used it today with red coloring for Valentines. Love it! Yum!

PS I know slickery isn't really a word."

Dove from Above User ID: 4364276 109862
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2009

"I made a slight variation on this recipe - instead of vanilla extract, I used strawberry essence and a few drops of red food colouring to get a pretty pink. I was very pleased with the result! I did find that I needed to use slightly more milk in order to incorporate all the sugar.I hadn't thought of using shortening in frosting before, but it's a good trick."

sharon1379 User ID: 3437024 178566
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2009

"Try this recipe cut in half."

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