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  • Preparation Time: about 20 minutes


I got this recipe many, many years ago from a baker in Texas. She said it was great for High humidity areas. I have used it since with rave reviews. I use clear vanilla that I get from Watkins on line. It is not that sweet and goes wonderfully on a pound cake. Makes great borders too.

I do not refrigerate the cake after frosting.


  • 1 and 1/2 cups shortening (Crisco) – Arlene’s note (I use 1/4 cup of butter and 1 -1/4 cups Crisco)
  • 1/4 cup dry Dream Whip
  • 1/3 cup flour, sifted
  • 2 lb bag confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2/3 cup water or milk (maybe more or less) ( Arlene uses milk)
  • 4 tsp. clear vanilla, or 2 tsp vanilla and 2 tsp other flavoring
  • pinch of salt


  • Combine shortening and Dream Whip, mixing well on low speed.
  • Combine the flour with the confectioner's sugar.
  • Add wet and dry ingredients alternately, and mix.
  • Whip until proper consistency . Do NOT over mix.
  • Denser than buttercream, and good for roses and other flowers. One batch is more than enough for a 2 layer 8" cake. I use my whipping beater for this icing
  • Depending on the weather, you might have to adjust the milk/water.
  • Recipe for Flower Icing:
  • This is stiffer than regular buttercream. I make the flowers 2 to 3 days ahead and just keep them on a cookie sheet lightly covered with wax paper. No need to refrigerate them.
  • 2 TBSP Crisco
  • 2 TBSP Milk
  • 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar (sifted), you might need more or less.
  • 1 tsp. clear vanilla Clear vanilla keeps the icing white
  • They will dry and you can lift them up with your fingers to place them on the cake.

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