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Fresh old fashioned vanilla buttercream frosting on a cupcake.

Grandmas Old Fashioned Buttercream Frosting

Jennifer West
A delicious Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe like Grandma made!
4.46 from 46 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 512 kcal


  • 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: 512kcalCarbohydrates: 75gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 7mgSugar: 73gVitamin A: 365IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.1mg

*Nutritional information is a calculated guesstimate. Please note that this can change with different brands and modifications you may make to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements you're using with each recipe.

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