Grocery Store Frosting

Grocery Store Frosting

164 Reviews 63 Pics
Recipe by  Sandra

“Just like the type all those in-store bakeries use.”

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Original recipe yields 2 cups



  1. In a heavy duty mixer combine the shortening, butter or margarine, vanilla and water. Add the sugar and salt, beat until well mixed. Add a tablespoon or two more of water if needed. Turn mixer to the highest speed and beat for 15 minutes.

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I tried this recipe today and I loved it!!!! I made only 1/2 of the batch and it was enough for what I needed it for. FYI...1 pound of powdered sugar is about 3 1/2 cups. I added some food coloring for a festive touch and some sprinkles on top.



I've tried several basic buttercream frostings from this site and this is one of the best. I made half the recipe, which frosted a dozen cupcakes generously. I did modify it a bit, however - I used hi-ratio shortening, clear vanilla and one egg white to replace the 2 T. water in a half recipe. I find that hi-ratio shortening is best for frostings because it seems sturdier, creamier, and less greasy tasting. I beat the frosting on low speed (Speed 2 on the KitchenAid) for 10 minutes. This frosting is excellent, particularly on the chocolate cupcakes I used it for. Fluffy, delicious, perfect for decorating if you like, and beautiful.



This is my "go to" recipe when decorating cakes. I like that it uses real butter and not just flavoring. This is usually enough to frost, fill and decorate up to a 12x18 cake. Any leftover freezes well. Next time you need some, let it thaw on the counter for 1/2 hour or so. You can rewhip it if you need to, but it doesnt usually need it.

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Amount Per Serving (16 total)

  • Calories
  • 388 cal
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 18.6 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs
  • 56.7 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 60 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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