Personally, I don't think butter has any business in my frosting. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE butter, but I love it in my cakes and other baked goods; just NOT in my frosting.
That's why I love this Crisco based Whipped Cream Buttercream Frosting. It's made with shortening and no butter, making it the lightest, airiest and most delicious homemade icing you'll ever taste! As a kid, I always loved grocery store birthday cake frosting and I wasn't sure exactly why I preferred it over most homemade cake frosting.
Eventually I realized that it was because there was NO BUTTER in it! But when I started cake decorating I searched long and hard for a homemade shortening-based icing recipe I'd love and it was surprisingly hard to find. And then I discovered this icing and fell in love....
I am sharing this little gem with you today, not only because it's my FAVE icing in the world (and keep in mind that I'm super picky when it comes to frosting,) but because I can't seem to find it online anymore; it appears to have vanished off the face of the internet. And since I think that the world needs to know about this, I see it as my public duty to share it. Well, my duty as a food blogger (and cake decorator, die-hard cake lover and foodie) anyway...
This recipe uses meringue powder and shortening instead of butter. You'll need the following ingredients:
- powdered sugar
- crisco (or another brand of white vegetable shortening)
- hot water
- white granulated sugar
- meringue powder
💭 Top tip
You will never get a clean and fluffy pure white frosting using butter. Butter will always give it that tinge of yellow and it will look off-white. If you really want a fluffy white frosting, the trick is also to use CLEAR VANILLA (affiliate link).
This shortening frosting is made in two parts so you have to be a little patient with the whipping time, but trust me, it's worth it! The end result is the lightest and most airy frosting you've ever had! The secret lies in all that whipping. And everyone agrees, it's not too sweet, as frosting can often be.
Therefore, you will need two mixers for this recipe. I use a stand mixer for Part 1 and a hand mixer for Part 2. Although I have 2 stand mixers, it's a bit of a pain to get them both out. Plus, my hand mixer is powerful enough for the job (as most are nowadays)! If you need a good price on a mixer, check out my amazon recommendations in the recipe card NOTES.
🎂 Cake Decorating
As a cake decorator, this was and still is my GO-TO frosting for cake decorating!
Great for hot weather! Whipped cream frosting (using actual whipping cream ) just doesn't hold up in the heat, sun, or even at room temperature, but this little gem could bathe in the sun for hours without a melty blemish!
No Refrigeration! So, if you need a rock star frosting that won't let you down, then this is your recipe! And you don't have to refrigerate this icing. PS: Cakes shouldn't be put in the fridge anyway, if you can help it; it dries them out.
Freezer friendly! But this icing can not only sit on the counter for days, it can also be frozen on an iced cake. So, if you want to make it in advance, then go for it!
What I also love about this recipe is that it can be used as a crumb coat and you can add a little more meringue powder, based on whether you want a bit more crusting for decorating. And if you're looking for the perfect cake to serve it with, then check out my Secret Ingredient Vanilla Birthday Cake!
But here's my VERY FAVORITE PART - you can make it into a CHOCOLATE frosting too! All you do is replace one part icing sugar/powdered sugar for an equal amount of cocoa and voila! you have Chocolate Whipped Cream Buttercream! Because chocolate just makes everything better, right?
Chocolate Whipped Cream buttercream: to make the chocolate variation, simply replace 1 cup of the icing/powdered sugar with 1 cup cocoa. And it pairs perfectly with my Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake!
👪 Serving size
This recipe will frost 1- 10 inch cake or 24 regular sized cupcakes. If you need more, simply double or triple it.
This frosting may be kept at room temperature for 3 months. Whip with a spoon each time you use it to restore fluffiness. Or you can do a quick whipping in your mixer (for about 30-45 seconds)
This frosting freezes really well and I have frozen fully frosted cakes with it many times. But be sure to freeze it ON a decorated cake, not on its own. Since it keeps so well in the pantry, you don't need to freeze it.
So, if you're looking for a crisco icing that tastes just like grocery store whipped icing, here it is!
📋 Whipped Cream Buttercream Frosting recipe
- 1 lb. powdered sugar, sifted 4 cups
- 2 ½ cups Crisco or white vegetable shortening
- Add shortening to large bowl and gradually add powdered sugar. Beat with stand mixer for about 5 minutes until mixture is very creamy and fluffy. Set this aside.
- In a very clean bowl mix dry ingredients. Add boiling water and immediately beat with mixer on high speed. Beat until stiff peaks form, about 8 minutes. When mixture begins to get stiff add flavoring. * you can use a hand mixer for this part
- Combine both mixtures and beat together for another 8 minutes with stand mixer.
- When finished, use a rubber spatula to down beat a little to remove some of the air bubbles. Frosting will be very light and creamy. Cover. ***DO NOT REFRIGERATE. Can be stored for up to 2 months at room temperature (I keep it in the pantry).