Poor Man's Frosting

Poor Man's Frosting


"A fast recipe to frost a cake with."


20 m servings 189 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 189 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 20.2g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 114 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Whisk milk into flour in small saucepan until smooth. Heat and stir until it boils and thickens. Cool thoroughly.
  2. With an electric mixer beat the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled flour paste and mix until smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Use to frost any cooled cake.
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  1. 33 Ratings


I use this recipe often. There a few caveats that should be mentioned as we all know that half of our cooking success is really in technique and not just the ingredients. First--try to make on...

This was very grainy and greasy. Recipe called for white sugar but maybe it was supposed to be powdered sugar or confectioner's sugar. Won't make it again.

I use this recipe on all my cakes and have always received rave reviews. It is very smooth, creamy and sweet. Be sure to beat it well -- for 8 mins as you add each ingredient. You can even add p...

I have been searching for this recipe for over 20 years. A friend of mine in Michigan used it for a coconut cake and when I moved I lost contact with her, as well as my recipe book with all my ...

I have a similar recipe that I got from my mother. Mine calls for 1 stick of margarine, 1/2 cup crisco and no salt. There are a couple of problems that people seem to have with this recipe. The ...

My Mom gave me this recipe a few years ago, only she called it poor man's whipped cream. I love this recipe,and I use it all the time. It's wonderful for banana cake.

Great stuff. I can't have wheat, so I used potato starch in place of the flour. It did not fluff as much as it should have, but it made a rich, velvety frosting, very satisfying. Next time, I...

As a former professional cake decorator I'd like to say that I LOVE this recipe and used it often. On wedding cakes also....I like to make a thicker flour base (for decorator frosting) so I use ...

All I could taste was the butter.