Traditional Wedding Cake Frosting

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

Traditional Wedding Cake Frosting

Course Dessert
Servings 14
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.
Keyword buffet, dessert, easy, frosting, homemade frosting, party food, picnic food, traditional, wedding cake, white frosting

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!

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