guest post: the perfect frosting

I love cake and cupcakes. I do not love frosting. I haven’t ever been satisfied with store bought. It’s either too sweet or almost bitter tasting. Every once in a while I get to eat the most delicious piece of cake with the most delicious tasting frosting – not to sweet and not too heavy. But I have never been able to replicate it.
This year for my son’s birthday I vowed I was going to find the perfect frosting to use on his cupcakes. Low and behold, I did. My friend Donna was taking a cake decorating class and passed on this delicious recipe. I am not a baker by any means. In fact, baking intimidates me a little. So when she told me I had to use shortening in my frosting I was a little disturbed. I didn’t know that shortening was a common ingredient in frosting. But, I promise, you will not be disappointed. It really is delicious. I fed it to my guests at my son’s party and it was a hit. So a big thank you to you Donna for sharing this wonderful frosting recipe with me. Now I will share it with you. Enjoy...

{image via the creme}

The Perfect Frosting

½ c vegetable shortening
½ c butter
3-4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* Beat these together for just a bit until mixed in

¾ c cocoa powder

4 c powdered sugar

* Mix all together with mixer, you might need to add more milk to make it thinner

I just used a kitchen aid stand mixer and added milk as I went. I actually didn’t add the cocoa powder and just went with the vanilla cream flavor. I hope you find it as delicious as I did!

Leslie Blumenstein is a work at home mom of one busy little guy. She is a freelance writer and covers a range of topics with a special focus on party planning. She is a regular contributor to, a comprehensive party planning site. Her passion for entertaining has led her to become an expert on budget party planning without sacrificing style. From baby showers to back yard barbecues, she’s done it all – without breaking the bank.


Lauren said...

Thanks for the frosting recipe! I've actually been looking for one to use on cupcakes for my daughter's first birthday!
I'm assuming I'd be able to frost the cupcakes a day ahead of time with this and not have to refrigerate. Right? (please say yes! Haha)

Anna @ IHOD said...

I am always in search of the perfect frosting. This is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

Leslie said...

Lauren-I made my son's cupcakes the day before, frosting and all. Just cover then in an airtight container.

Caroline said...

This sounds entirely perfect just like your sweet blog! xo

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling thank you for sharing this recipe, I will definitely try it. I am with you; I too detest frostings that are too sweet tasting. I bake cupcakes often and have not yet found the perfect frosting that is until now.

Love & hugs

Pera Chapita said...

This is truly THE PERFECT FROSTING! I tried it last weekend for a baby Shower and looooooved it!! I'm re-posting the recipe in Spanish tomorrow (with full credit to you of course) Thanks for sharing :)

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