Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

My mother in law gave me this recipe. She has been making it for 40 years! I use it for all of my cakes, I can't stand regular icing. This icing is not too sweet or buttery. This icing does best if cake is kept in the fridge.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the flour and milk in a small saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat bring to a slow boil while stirring constantly (use a wisk).
  3. Boil until thick, remove from heat, place pan in refrigerator.
  4. While boiled mixture is cooling, using mixer cream together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
  5. When boiled mixture is completely cool add to butter mixture and beat until very fluffy and thick.


Most Helpful

I used this icing on a packaged Red Velvet cake mix and it turned it into something special! Wanted to make a cake but didn't have any frosting in a can so I made this and I'm glad I did! I may never return to canned frosting again! :)

Little Bee January 24, 2005

This is what cooked icing is supposed to taste like!!!! I lost my old recipe, thank you so much for posting.

livie October 27, 2013

This is the same cooked icing recipe that I have been using to ice red cakes for 35 years. I got the recipe from my aunt whom made this icing to put on all her red cakes back in the 1950's. In my opinion, it is the only icing that should be allowed on red cakes, not the cream cheese version, lol. This cooked icing recipe also goes very well on dark chocolate cake and pistachio cake. Thanks for posting this recipe, Jessica.

Olive* December 26, 2012

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