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White Frosting Recipe
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White Frosting

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"This traditional frosting goes well with almost any type of cake. It is quick and easy to make."

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Original recipe makes 4 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk and flour. Cook over medium high heat until boiling. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. When the milk mixture is cool, add the butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer for 10 to 12 minutes, scraping the bottom of the bowl occasionally. Keep frosted cakes refrigerated until 1/2 hour before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 25, 2003

I don't ever usually review anything, but I had to on this recipie. I don't really care for traditional frosting recipies, but this one is a winner! It has a light creamy custard-like taste. Yum! Be sure to beat it for the full 10-12 minutes...it really makes a difference on how light and creamy it gets. Thanks for the great recipie!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 11, 2003

Last night I needed a quick and easy recipie for frosting, and I found this one. I wish I would have taken a few more moments to search. Anyone who is looking for a good recipie for frosting I urge you to keep looking. I ruined my cake last night. And yes the frosting was beating for 12 mins. If you do use this recipie sub the white surgar for confectioners and add a 1/4 more. half the fatty shorting or just use double butter flavored margarine. Too much to subsitute just take a few moments and find another. Tastes like wax.

Dec 02, 2007

This is the frosting my mom always used for my birthday cake(I'm in my 50's). This is old fashion butter cream frosting and is not as sweet as recipes using powdered sugar. My mom used all butter an no shortening,which gives it a richer taste. You do need to beat a long time to avoid a gritty texture from the granulated sugar. It is somewhat lighter than most frostings, but still holds on to the cake while frosting. I would refrigerate after frosting because of the milk and bring out 30 minutes before serving. I just made this using Eggnog in place of milk for an eggnog cake I made.

Aug 10, 2007

I have used this recipe for years. I have never refrigerated it and it last as long as the cake. AND IT NEVER HARDENS. If you follow the recipe exactly Betty Crocker will go bankrupt.

May 03, 2007

I made this recipe twice. When you mix the milk and flour do it before you put it on the stove, use a whip to break up any flour, as you heat whip it. I cut this recipe in 1/2 when I made a batch, 24 cupcakes, it was enough. I beat it in the blender for about 20 minutes on high both times. I was really surprised that it was so smooth considering it used granulated sugar. It is not a very sweet frosting recipe at all. It is an easy recipe especially if you don't want to have to run out to the grocery for a bunch of ingredients.

Jul 29, 2009

Excellent recipe...this same one has been in my family for ages and I know of some bakeries that use the same. They key is room temp ingredients and whipping for 15 minutes. ADDING EXTRA SUGAR will make it gritty. This also works well with a few tablespoons of cocoa or peanut butter to vary the flavors. This is a high success frosting compared to gritty, runny powdered sugar frosting that makes a mess and is sensitive to temperature. KUDOS!

Jan 05, 2008

I was a little worried about this recipe because of the ingredients, but I was looking for a frosting that wasn't so sweet and the reviews were good. Have to admit I went ahead and bought powdered sugar just in case it didn't work, but didn't have to use it. I used it to frost a snowman cake for my son's 3rd birthday near Christmas and it was so fluffy it really looked like snow! I will be using this recipe for all my cakes that I would normally use the "sweet stuff"

Dec 19, 2003

I really liked the flavor and the texture of this icing, even though I was a little nervous about mixing hte flour and milk at first (it looked like a wierd gravy thing), but it turned out delicious! Thank you!


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  • Calories
  • 229 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.7 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 16.6 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 63 mg
  • 3%

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

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