This traditional wedding cake frosting is just the right amount to frost an 8″ single-layer round cake! It’s perfect for those times when you need a small cake!
Traditional Wedding Cake Frosting
Calories 133 kcal
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- ½ tsp salt dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water
- 1 tsp vanilla*
- ½ tsp almond extract**
- ¼ cup water
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
- Food coloring, optional
Put the shortening, salt solution, vanilla, almond extract, water and 2 cups confectioners' sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
Beat on low speed until well blended. Turn the mixer speed to high and beat for 10 minutes.
Shut the mixer off and add the rest of the confectioners' sugar. Beat on low speed until well blended, adding more water if needed to reach desired consistency.
With the mixer still running, add food coloring, a few drops at a time, to achieve the desired color.
*Use clear vanilla extract for a bright white frosting.
**Another flavor extract can be substituted for the almond extract or you can increase the vanilla by ½ tsp.
Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Note: This recipe will frost one 8" or 9" single-layer cake.
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Did you know? The first recorded wedding “dessert” was a pie filled with oysters, lamb testicles, throat, rooster comb, and pine kernels. Check out some other fun facts about wedding confections here!
Suggestion: Use this frosting to top a super fun tie-dye birthday cake!
This basic white frosting is super fast and easy to make. It uses just a few simple ingredients, comes together quickly and is incredibly versatile.
Basic White Frosting
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 150 kcal
- 1½ cups powdered (confectioners) sugar
- ½ cup butter, room temperature (1 stick)
- 1 tsp vanilla (or ½ tsp vanilla and ½ tsp of any other extract such as orange or peppermint)
- 1-2 tbsp milk, if needed
- food coloring, if desired
Place sugar, butter and extract in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Use the whisk attachment and blend on medium speed until well incorporated and fluffy.
Add milk, a few drops at a time, and food coloring (if desired) to achieve the color and consistency desired.
Makes about 1¼ cups of frosting
Hack: Tightly cover leftover frosting and store at room temperature for up to 24 hours. Frosting can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Suggestion: Use this frosting to decorate some homemade rolled chocolate cookies!