Vanilla Buttercream Icing

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by GourmetChris

The shortening gives this frosting a nice, crisp exterior and a rich, buttery interior. When I saw this recipe on, I used it to frost "Old Fashioned Spice Cake" (#41292) and found that this recipe can frost two 13x9 cakes. Enjoy!

Top Review by cupcakegirly

Tastes, good, but WAY to liquidy. Tried putting it on cupcakes. Did NOT work. Will not be using this recipe again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. With an electric mixer, mix shortening, vanilla extract, and salt thoroughly.
  2. Add powdered sugar and 4 Tbsp water.
  3. Beat for 5 minutes.
  4. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, and beat very, very well until the frosting reaches desired consistency.
  5. Taste (yum!) to ensure that the frosting is not gritty.

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