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Jo Ann's Frosting Recipe
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Jo Ann's Frosting

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"A not-so-sweet white frosting alternative that is great for all cakes and decorating needs. This may be tinted with food color if you like."

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Original recipe makes 1 frosting for 2 layer 8 inch cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. In a large bowl, beat shortening and sugar together until smooth. slowly mix in milk, vanilla and almond extract. Beat on high speed of an electric mixer for 5 to 7 minutes, scraping often, until mixture is light and fluffy.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 30, 2003

This recipe saved the day! My son is allergic to milk so I need a recipe that doesn't have butter in it. I substituted soy milk for the milk in the recipe and it turned out great. It was easy to tint and piped beautifully. Not too sweet... just perfect. I can't say enough... :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 06, 2006

Smells like almond, tastes like whipped lard. Upon adding more powdered sugar (almost twice the amount), the lard flavor prevailed as it oiled the roof of my mouth. I absolutely hated it. Sorry.

Aug 19, 2003

Tastes great!! I like it because it's not too heavy, it's "whipped", which is just the way I like it. I also like the flavor that the almond extract gives it. I did'nt have butter shortening, so I used 2 sticks of margarine, and I added a little extra confectioners sugar to get it the right consistancy. I also added a little red food coloring to make pink frosting for a valentines day cake. If it isn't beat long enough, it will come out too thin. I almost made that mistake.

May 26, 2009

I thought this frosting was terrible. The ratio of shortening to sugar makes it taste like you are eating a lot of plain shortening. Maybe I am unique, but I prefer my frosting to not taste like shortening, and if enough powdered sugar is added, it will be a lot better. Oh and I would also add a pinch of salt.

Nov 05, 2005

This was a good frosting. The vanilla and almond flavoring was perfect for a yellow cake with raspberry filling, which I used it for. The only problem was that it wasn't enough for a 9"layer cake. I don't mind making a larger batch but it's helpful to know before hand. It was too late to start another recipe because I had company coming. It would be enough for a sheet cake but make 1 1/2 recipes to cover adequately an 8 or 9 " layer cake.

Feb 09, 2003

This is the best frosting for cakes. I was looking for a frosting that wasn't so sweet and this one is unbelievable! Everyone who tries this frosting agrees that it is the best! It tastes great on mock-angel food cake.

Feb 26, 2008

thank you so much,for this great rec1pe. i really have enjoyed it. God bless every one

Dec 24, 2007

Good, quick and easy recipe but I had to do some tweaking because it was a little too bland and had too much of that crisco texture to it. I used about 3 tsp of vanilla, maybe more because I stopped measuring after 2 tsp. I also added more confectioners sugar which helped the texture. I think next time I'll use butter or may try margarine. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Calories
  • 217 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.9 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 17.2 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%

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

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