No, I didn't try it as listed because ... Well, because I'm just like that :D ... I have done the all shortening recipes before & they do the job of staying white, but just don't taste good. Look pretty, but don't taste very good.
Soooo, I tried the 1/4c butter, 1/2c shortening combo - & subbed half & half for the water, omitted the butter flavoring. VERY GOOD job of concealing a chocolate cake, which is hard to do. Only thing, not even a complaint since I will take blame for adding half & half (think it may have turned into butter with the whipping), is that it wasn't white - just a shade or two under. Also my shortening wasn't white-white either - used store brand & it works fine just notsowhite. I wanted white clouds.
Also something obvious, but not until I got to adding liquid coloring did I think of it - Add less water/half & half/milk when coloring so you won't have to add more confec sugar to be able to pipe it on.
This is a good tasting frosting that pipes well AND tastes good with subbing butter.
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No, I didn't try it as listed because ... Well, because I'm just like that :D ... I have done...