Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

You can use dark vanilla or use almond extract in place of the clear vanilla, add in food colouring if desired to create pastel colours, this makes a lot of icing but you can freeze leftovers it for another time. I like to add in the zest of a whole lemon.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature (preferably unsalted)
  • 1 cup plain Crisco shortening, room temperature
  • 5 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (more if needed)
  • 12 cup whipping cream (more if needed, or use 1/4 cup 18% table cream and 1/4 cup whipping cream)
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla


  1. In a large bowl cream the butter and Crisco until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the confectioners sugar in three additions until well combined.
  3. Add in vanilla then cream (start with 1/2 cup) beat until completely combined, adding in more whipping cream (and 18% cream if needed to reach desired consistancy).
  4. Store an leftovers in the refrigerator or freeze.
  5. Delicious!
Most Helpful

Tried this one too! Very very yummy.... used it under my fondant, didn't hold up all that well because it's so creamy, but I didn't care because I wanted some good tasting icing underneath so when people pulled the fondant off it was still yummy cake!!! Everyone loved it!! Thanks!!

Ultimate Food Junkie July 14, 2009

This recipe was easy as can be and tasted outstanding. My husband is very picky about sweet things and even he loved it (as long as it was a thin layer). Thanks for a terrific finish to a wonderful birthday cake! It will most definitly be used over and over again!

GzNKz4evr September 05, 2006