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Active Time : 20 minutes
Total Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4 cups


  • 1 1/2 cups all vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream or 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


In large mixing bowl, combine shortening and butter. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until creamed.

Reduce mixer to low; slowly add powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and salt until well combined.

Beat on high speed until fluffy; add additional cream if needed.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
1. Add ¼ cup Essential Everyday Baking Cocoa with sugar.
2. Reduce vanilla to ½ teaspoon.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1. Replace shortening with 1 (8 ounce) package Essential Essential Everyday Cream Cheese , softened.
2. Reduce vanilla to ½ teaspoon.

Royal Icing:
1. Replace vegetable shortening and butter with 4 pasteurized egg whites. Beat until frothy.
2. Decrease powered sugar to 4 cups sifted powdered sugar. Omit heavy cream.
3. On high speed slowly add powdered sugar, vanilla and salt; beat until icing is thick and soft peaks form.