Cake Frosting Recipes

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April 15, 2014

When I was 13 years old, I learned how to bake a cake. This was the first icing I learned how to make. I enjoyed baking cakes so much that I kept our family supplied with cake. I experienced a real growth spurt that summer. It was not up, it was out.


Yield: This recipe will ice a 2 layer cake

Source: Its an old recipe I have had since the 50's.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 unbeaten egg whites
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Put all ingredients into top section of a double boiler.
  2. When water in lower section reaches boiling point, place top section into lower section and beat with electric beater approximately 7 minutes or until icing forms a peak.
  3. Remove pan from double boiler and frost your cake.
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Bronze Request Medal for All Time! 66 Requests
August 8, 2007

Am I the last person who remembers cake mix frosting that came in a box? It tasted so much better than that soft canned stuff they have today (overly sweet and I can't get it to stay on the cake! It always oozes off). I know they don't make the stuff any more but does anyone know how to duplicate the recipe for vanilla or chocolate? The mix also made a great fudge. Does anyone remember how it was done?

Joan from Chesapeake, VA


August 9, 20070 found this helpful

try a google search for frosting recipes and frosting from scratch

also--if it runs, it's usually because the cake is still too warm

Happy cake!

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By Janet45101 (Guest Post)
August 9, 20070 found this helpful

I think you may be remembering Jiffy products.
They should still be available. Good luck!

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By BARBARA. (Guest Post)
August 9, 20070 found this helpful

my daughter and i add powder sugar to the bought icing. it works really good and is not real sweet.

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

Chocolate Frosting
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
3 T cocoa powder

Sift and store in plastic bag. To use: Pour mix in bowl. Add 4 T softened butter. Gradually add 2 T hot water or milk while beating on high speed of mixer or by hand. Beat for 1 minute or until smooth. Add a few more drops of water or milk if necessary. Add 1 tsp vanilla and spread onto cake while warm.


For white frosting: Omit cocoa.

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

I still buy Jiffy frosting mixes in the box...not sure in your area but I do know they do exist...maybe ask your store to stock them??

When making your own frosting, use Crisco instead of margarine...makes it stiffer, less likely to "melt" and doesn't change the flavor.

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By Sweet Peaches (Guest Post)
August 9, 20070 found this helpful

Gosh, I must be behind times because I didn't know Betty Crocker stopped making the powdered frosting. I buy the stuff in the can but add powdered sugar to the creamy Chocolates and it works fine.


cold frosting works better anyway.

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By (Guest Post)
August 10, 20070 found this helpful

I make a simple from scratch one, maybe that will help? A box of powdered sugar, a stick of softened butter and any flavoring you might like (dry is preferable otherwise you have to change the amount of butter) And for sour cream frosting I substitute sour cream slowly mix sour cream in until its the right consistancy. An 8oz cream cheese softened can also be subbed for butter. Or go a different way and mix a powder flavoring with whipped topping, spread on and refridgerate. Hope this helps

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August 12, 20070 found this helpful

Joan, This is my recipe for quick and easy chocolate frosting: 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa(I use 3/4 cup for a darker flavor),1/3 cuo softened butter, 3 to 4 Tbs milk and 1 tsp vanilla. Cut butter into dry ingredients, add liquids and mix until smooth. Add a little more milk if it seems too thick for spreading.


My vanilla recipe is much the same;3 cups powdered sugar, 1/3 cup softened butter, 3 Tbs. milk and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla. Mix in the same manner as the chocolate frosting. Either recipe will cover a layer cake or a 13'X 9" cake

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By Ohio Grandma of twins (Guest Post)
August 13, 20070 found this helpful

Frosting Fudge
1 can frosting
1 jar 18 oz. peanut butter

Mix. Spread in greased 8 x 8 pan. Chill. Cut. Enjoy.

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August 13, 20070 found this helpful

I was looking for the BC fluffy white frosting they used to have in the box and they must have discontinued it. I could make a 'seven minute' frosting like my mom used to, but the box mix was so much easier! I'm not a real fan of the canned stuff they make now.

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By Judy (Guest Post)
August 13, 20070 found this helpful

I saw BC frosting mix in my grocery this weekend.

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August 22, 20070 found this helpful

jiffy still makes boxed frosting mixes i know they are located in my home state and they have a web site i received a free cookbook the other day go to they are located in Chelsa Michigan

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April 10, 20080 found this helpful

I remember the boxed icing and some places still sell it. Bakeries make their icing by mixing powdered sugar with shortening and food color. This makes a nice, stiff frosting.

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By Alma (Guest Post)
February 11, 20090 found this helpful

For those looking for the Betty Crocker Homestyle fluffy white it isn't available in stores I've checked, but, I was able to find it on makes the best fluffy seven-minute frosting and it isn't sickeningly sweet. Enjoy!

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September 23, 20090 found this helpful

I think your talking about a frosting called Q-T, but I have no idea who made it please help! if you know. Thanks, Glenda

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February 26, 2018

My mom used to make an icing with Crisco, sugar, milk and another ingredient. It was so light and fluffy and you could add a flavouring i.e., peppermint, coconut, etc. I can't seem to find it anywhere. Would anyone have the recipe they would like to share?

Thank you.


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February 26, 20180 found this helpful
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The old classic Crisco Icing Recipe used the following ingredients:
2/3 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
5 to 6 tablespoons milk

You will start off beating the Crisco, salt and vanilla together.
Gradually add the powdered sugar. Mix well.
Solow add the milk in 1 tablespoon at a time.

You can add anything you'd like in place of the vanilla. This is the basic old Crisco white cake frosting recipe.

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September 4, 2010

I remember an aunt making a wonderful caramel frosting that was cooked and then poured over the cake. It dried smooth and would even crack when you cut through it. Does anyone out there have the recipe?

By kraftykaren from Mobile, AL

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What sort of shortening is used in an icing sugar recipe? This recipe calls for butter plus shortening.

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January 3, 2011

I am making a cake for a baby shower. I am looking for a few whipped cream frosting recipes for the cake. Not butter cream. Thank you,


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February 9, 2020

Make a delicious topping for your cake or cupcakes with coconut flakes. They keep well and the flakes protects the frosting from drying out.

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September 2, 2018

A quick frosting or glaze can be made with just Rose's Lime juice, powdered sugar and butter. This is a page about Rose's lime cake frosting.

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