This basic frosting recipe makes enough to top the sides and tops of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers.
Creamy White Frosting
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- 1 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, orange extract, or almond extract
- 4 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (about 1 pound)
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 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.
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