Kittencal's Bakery Buttercream Frosting/Icing

Total Time
10 mins
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This is similar to bakery frosting and so much better than any canned! --- for extra fluffy frosting use heavy cream and make certain to beat for at least 3-5 minutes and remember to sift the confectioners sugar before using. For flavor and color you can add 1-2 envelopes 3-grams each, Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Flavor Mix, any flavor desired.

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  • 12 cup crisco white shortening, room temperature (white)
  • 12 cup butter, softened or 12 cup margarine
  • 4 -6 tablespoons 18% table cream or 4 -6 tablespoons heavy cream, unwhipped or 4 -6 tablespoons half-and-half cream or 4 -6 tablespoons milk
  • 14 teaspoon salt (heaping)
  • 12 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla or 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted (or as needed)
  • 2 -4 drops food coloring (OPTIONAL ( OR for flavor and color, use 1-2 envelopes 3-grams each, Duncan Hines Frosting Creations )


  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed beat together the shortening and margarine or butter with cream, salt almond extract and vanilla until smooth (about 3 minutes).
  2. Add in sifted confectioners sugar starting with 4-1/2 cups; beat very well until smooth and fluffy, adding more confectioners sugar or cream or milk until you achieve desired consistency.
  3. Add in the food coloring or Flavor Creation powder (if using) until the desired shade is achieved.
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5 5

Once again you remind me why I always look for your name when I search out a recipe. Kittencal has actually become synonymus with awesome in our house; in fact, when my 9-year-old raved about how yummy this frosting is, I said "It's a Kittencal," to which he responded with a shrug, "That explains it." :) YUMMY!!!!

1 5

I honestly don't know how this can have such great reviews...The icing is too too sweet and greasy...It does hold its shape well if you are piping a border..hence the 1 star but overall taste is DISGUSTING!!

5 5

This was an amazing buttercream frosting! The consistency was light and sugary, and was the perfect consistency for piping - not too runny, but not too thick. I followed the recipe as directed, using heavy cream but only 4 cups of confectioner's sugar and it was the perfect thickness. The only improvement I would make would be to leave out the almond extract, because it is a very powerful additive and tends to make the frosting taste too much like cherries.