Creamy White Frosting


This basic frosting recipe makes enough to top the sides and tops of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers. For a bright white frosting, use clear vanilla.

Creamy White Frosting
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
25 mins
3 cups


  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla or clear vanilla*

  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract, orange extract, or almond extract

  • 4 ½ cup sifted powdered sugar (about 1 pound)

  • 3 - 4 tablespoon milk


  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add half of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar and enough remaining milk to reach spreading consistency. This frosts the tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers. (Halve the recipe to frost a 13x9x2-inch cake.) Makes about 3 cups.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

Clear vanilla is an imitation vanilla extract that has no color, making it ideal for use in pure white frostings and icings. If you are tinting your frosting with food coloring or you are not concerned with creating a pure white frosting, you can use regular vanilla extract. Find clear vanilla in the cake decorating department of hobby or crafts stores.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

330 Calories
17g Fat
45g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 44g
Calcium 5mg 0%
Potassium 7mg 0%
Fatty acids, total trans 2g
Folate, total 0.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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