My taste buds prefer the bakery-style icing because that's what I grew up eating, so I don't find the shortening in this recipe off-putting. I made sure to cream the butter and shortening together really well before adding the sugar, and I used only 3 cups of sugar + 2 teaspoons (not tablespoons) of milk to get the consistency I wanted. (I had already added a bit of liquid food coloring by that point so not much more liquid was required.) It's quite sweet even with just 3 cups of sugar + 1/4 tsp of salt that I added, so next time I may try also adding tiny bit of lemon juice in place of some of the milk, which has worked to reduce the sweetness in other frosting recipes I've tried.
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My taste buds prefer the bakery-style icing because that's what I grew up eating, so I don't...