Basic Buttercream Frosting / Icing

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  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (solid)
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear, regular works fine)
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar (sifted, approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
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    Kainyn Childress 2 years ago
    I made this frosting 100 percent by hand, and it could not have turned out better. I used roughly 1 tablespoon of almond extract, and my boyfriend couldn't get enough of it.
    Brenda Y. 2 years ago
    I've tried many recipes and this one really hit the spot, I added about half a teaspoon of almond extract as well and used water instead of milk due to lactose intolerance and added a bit more water to desired consistency. I've always either used just butter or just crisco, this is a very nice combination of the 2.
    Dowdy 2 years ago
    It went well, considering this is my first time making frosting of any kind. However it was not as stiff as I would have hoped. Not sure where I made the mist up but I was pretty exact on everything. It’s a good basic recipe that is tasty and new baker friendly.
    Allison C. 3 years ago
    amazing!!! so yummy, i just used less sugar than you, about 2 cups rather than 4