Grammie Bea's Special Vanilla Frosting

"This is absolutely "THE BEST" frosting in the world... It's an old fashioned recipe that my gram used for years on all her homemade cakes including Wacky, Spice, and her Raisin Cakes. It has been a favorite of my family for over 50 years, and will be passed down to my grandaughter(s), when and if I have some :) I lost this recipe at one point and was frantic, but found it again rummaging through my cookbooks... I was SO HAPPY!!! Try this one and see why... Enjoy!"
 
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Ready In:
10mins
Ingredients:
5
Yields:
1 cake
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ingredients

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directions

  • In a bowl mix solid Crisco, salt, vanilla, and about 1/3 of the sugar.
  • Add milk and remaining sugar alternately. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  • Add more sugar to thicken, or milk to thin frosting, if needed, for a good spreading consistency.
  • Frosts 2 8 or 9" layers OR 1 13x9x2" cake.

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  1. Isaac M.
    Can I substitute Crisco for butter? How about coconut oil?
     
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Reviews

  1. WhineAndCheese
    If you make this just like the recipe you will have an absolute fabulous frosting. If you substitute butter for the Crisco it will change the frosting totally in taste and texture. No oil! Perfect as is.
     
  2. Ceezie
    This is a great cake decorating frosting. I made 4 times as much as the recipe called for and it was not only a breeze to make but a breeze to color and use. The best thing about it is that it isn't too sweet. So even a large piece of Elmo cake didn't taste like a glob of frosting with a wee bit of cake ... Thanks Grammie Bea!
     
  3. Christine S.
    This was the best vanilla frosting I've ever tasted. I frosted them on vanilla cupcakes, and they were amazing! I love this recipe, and I'm going to use this recipe for a long long time. Thank you for this recipe!!
     
  4. Hazeleyes
    So delicious and rich! I made recipe#188850 Wacky Chocolate Cake, and topped with this frosting. I did cut the salt in half, maybe even more than half. Works great on pumpkin cake bars too...Superb!
     
  5. tammyriccijulian
    I put this frosting on my spiced apple cake!!! ""omg"" deelish!!!! Luv luv this recipe!!! Thankyou for sharing!!
     
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Tweaks

  1. Leslie Y.
    Almond milk for cow's milk.
     

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