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Wedding Cake Frosting Recipe

Wedding Cake Frosting

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"Buttercream icing for wedding cakes."

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Original recipe makes 5 -6 cups Change Servings


  1. Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Gradually add the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 07, 2005

I recently tried the recipe for a wedding cake and it was positively wonderful. I used crisco and as recommended butter. The trick to not having greasy frosting is to whip the crisco and butter for at least 20 mins or until it is light and fluffy. I also added additional vanilla flavor and almond flavor for a richer taste. My recipe was modified to cover a cake that would serve 40 people. I had nothing but continous compliments and serveral request to make more cakes. Thanks Jeannie

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 16, 2004

I am SO glad I tried this before putting it on a wedding cake. AWFUL! Wouldn't make this tasteless stuff again.


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Jun 17, 2007

I used this (with a few alterations) to ice my parent's 50th wedding anniversary cake. I used salted butter and I also used evap. milk. I went with other suggestions to use less sugar (6 cups was best for our taste). This was so easy to make and it had wonderful buttercream flavor! Had enough to add raspberry glaze to it and made a raspberry buttercream filling for the French Vanilla anniversary cake. Was great for piping decorations and borders also. Highly recommended for those looking for a GREAT buttercream frosting!

Apr 18, 2005

I used this icing for my Mom's wedding cake this weekend, and everyone complimented on it. I took other reviewers advice and whipped the butter and shortening for 10 minutes, and it had none of the greasy taste of shortening. Also, if you use the butter flavored Crisco, the frosting will turn out very yellow-unsuitable for a wedding cake. I stopped at 4 cups of sugar for the main icing and then added one cup to the remining frosting for the piping. It tasted great, looked professional, and held up well at an outdoor wedding. If I even find myself doing another wedding cake (heaven forbid), I will use this recipe again.

Jun 30, 2007

I am also a big fan of Rick's Buttercream and use it as "my" frosting, but wanted to give this one a try. I was worried when mixing it up that it would be too soft for piping but it was fine. Note that this will yield more of an ivory frosting due to the butter, you won't get a pure white frosting. I definitely prefer the flavor of this frosting using butter as opposed to frosting in the Rick's Buttercream. I will use this one when I don't need it to be pure white.

Nov 29, 2005

Great frosting! I used about 6 cups of sugar instead of the 8 called for. And, I beat the shortening and butter for about 20 minutes before adding the other ingredients. It turned out great. Thanks.

Sep 19, 2005

This recipe is very similar to the one i use currently. I add a tsp of popcorn salt (or very fine salt) to take the sweetness off a bit. I also add an additional 4 cups of confesctioners sugar to stiffen it for piping decorations i.e. roses, leaves etc.

Oct 11, 2005

I picked this recipe because it seemed really easy to make and it was my first attempt at buttercream icing. The result was awesome!! Very easy to make and I received so many compliments! I had enough icing to cover a birthday cake and 20 cupcakes. I creamed the butter and shortening for 20 minutes like a previous reviewer suggested. I didn't use all the sugar that the recipe called for because when I got to 6 cups I stopped and did a taste test, perfect for my taste(20 servings). This recipe will be used over and over and over again. Thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 370 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50.3 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 19.6 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 68 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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