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Fresh old fashioned vanilla buttercream frosting on a cupcake.
Review Recipe
4.43 from 38 votes

Grandmas Old Fashioned Buttercream Frosting

A delicious Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe like Grandma made!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 512kcal


  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk


  • Buttercream Icing Recipe
  • In a large mixing bowl cream butter and shortening with electric mixer. Add vanilla.
  • Gradually add in sifted confectioners sugar, one cup at a time beating on medium speed.
  • Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all of the sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed for 3 minutes.
  • Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to decorate. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not using.
  • Icing can be stored in an air tight container for up to a week. Just re-whip it in your mixer before using. Makes 3 1/2 cups.


  1. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. 
  2. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 month. 
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months. 


Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 7mg | Sugar: 73g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg
**Nutrition facts are based on my best estimation for this recipe. They may not be accurate depending on what brands you use or modifications you might make to the recipe. For most accurate calculations, I recommend using a nutrition calculator with the exact brands and measurements you use with the recipe.
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