Incredibly Fluffy And Easy Wedding Cake Icing With Crisco

Incredibly Fluffy And Easy Wedding Cake Icing With Crisco

Making a snowy white frosting seems impossible, but, with our extremely easy wedding cake icing with Crisco recipe, it has never been easier!

This recipe will take less than 20 minutes regardless of the size batch you want to make. It will give you an extremely affordable Crisco frosting that is as white as chalk, making it easy to decorate your traditional wedding white cake. But, you can also easily adjust the flavor of the frosting (and the color) to anything that you’d like!

What Is Crisco Icing?

Crisco is an American brand that sells all sorts of “non-stick” cooking and baking products. Their most famous product is arguably their range of shortening. They also do produce and sell cooking oils, coconut oils, and cooking spray.

Crisco sells two types of shortening; an all-vegetable shortening or butter-flavored all-vegetable shortening. The difference between these comes down to color and flavor. Naturally, the butter-flavored shortening is more yellow and has a butter flavor, something a lot of bakers prefer.

For this recipe, you can use either one of these products. But, keep in mind that if you are using butter-flavored shortening, you will not be able to make the white frosting. But, it works great for colored frosting made with Crisco.

Pros of using Crisco for wedding cake frostings

While a lot of bakers prefer using real butter instead of shortening, it is very expensive and does not make an affordable option.

Using Crisco, a very high-quality and affordable shortening, you can save some money while not compromising on flavor. It will give you a fantastic consistency and an easily adjustable flavor (almost like working with a clean flavor profile).

And, another big advantage over using butter is that you can create an incredibly snow-white frosting! (It’s actually how professional bakers do it!)

crisco frosting

You can use Crisco to make all types of different frostings, even our famously rich chocolate frosting.

What You Will Need To Make Wedding Cake Icing With Crisco?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (6.7 ounces) Crisco all-vegetable shortening, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons extract the flavor of your choice
  • 5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • Food coloring, optional

Equipment

  • Stand mixer with a whisk attachment
  • Small saucepan
  • Silicone or rubber spatula

Step By Step Instructions To Make Frosting With Crisco

Step 1: cream the Crisco shortening

Start by placing the Crisco all-vegetable shortening into the bowl of a stand mixer. A stand mixer works best because you can leave the shortening to cream at a high speed for a long time. This will ensure that it creates extra light and fluffy frosting. Use the whisk attachment.

Cream the Crisco shortening at a high speed for roughly 10 minutes. The shortening should be extremely light in color and have a very fluffy texture.

Step 2: make the milk mixture

While the shortening is being creamed in the stand mixer, start making the milk mixture. Gently heat the milk inside of a small saucepan over very low heat. Then, add the salt and the flavoring you are using.

Gently stir the mixture until all of the fine salt has dissolved. Then, remove the milk from the heat and allow it to cool completely before using.

Step 3: make the Crisco frosting

Once the shortening has been creamed, sift in the icing sugar (powdered or confectionery’s sugar). Start by only adding about 3 cups of icing sugar first. Slowly whisk it in before increasing the speed of the mixer and beating it on high for about 2 minutes. Then, add the remaining icing sugar and again, beat it in slowly before increasing the speed.

Beat the mixture at a high speed for 5 minutes. Make sure to scrape the sides using a silicone or rubber spatula. This will prevent lumps and some shortening from not becoming part of the creamy frosting.

Step 4: adjust the consistency

After your frosting has been whipped for about 5 minutes, you can now add the milk mixture. Start by only adding half of the milk and giving the frosting a mix. This will allow you to slowly adjust the consistency while you are working.

Continue adding milk until you are happy with the consistency. Then, increase the speed of the mixer and beat the frosting at high speed for 10 minutes.

Step 5: add coloring

Now, wedding cakes are usually made with white frosting. However, today, there are a ton of fun and colorful trends making their rounds. So, if you want to add food coloring, do so after your frosting has been made. This way the color won’t be diluted with other additives (like milk or powdered sugar).

crisco icing

Tips And Tricks For Making Crisco Frosting

  • If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can also use an electric hand mixer. We don’t recommend creaming your shortening with a hand whisk as it will be very labor-intensive and won’t work nearly as well.
  • When it comes to choosing a flavoring ingredient, we recommend choosing between an essence or an extract. If you aren’t sure what the difference is between essences and extracts, you can have a look at this comprehensive article. Personally, we prefer using extracts because they have a much more intense and often natural (and accurate) flavor.
  • You can choose any essence or extract that will match the flavor of the wedding cake you are making. You can even adjust the amount you add. If you are using an extract for this recipe, start with 2 teaspoons. If you are using an essence, you can use 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons). You can adjust the intensity of the flavor by either removing some or adding more.
  • For this wedding cake icing with Crisco recipe, we have worked out the exact amount of milk that you need to get a fluffy workable frosting. But, you may need to add more or less depending on how you want to use your frosting. If you want to pipe decorations, softer icing may be needed. But, if you need a crumb coating, you can get away with a stiffer frosting.
  • We highly recommend adding gel-based food coloring. Liquid or powdered food coloring may adjust the consistency of your Crisco icing too much. You also usually need to add a ton of it to get the intensity in the color you need. Gel food coloring in our opinion just works best.

Servings And Preparation Time

Prep time Cooking time Servings
20 minutes 0 minutes 2-3 cups frosting

White Wedding Cake Frosting Made With Crisco

Now, you can make your very own wedding cake frosting as white as snow by simply using Crisco. It will save you a ton of money, create a neutral flavor profile for you to adjust as you’d like, and give you the ability to easily adjust the color without having to hide the yellow of traditional butter.

If you love this recipe, share it with your baking buddies and give it a try at home! Let us know what you think and how you love to use it!

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Wedding Cake Icing With Crisco

Incredibly fluffy and easy!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 2 or 3 cups

Equipment

  • Stand mixer with a whisk attachment
  • Small saucepan
  • Silicone or rubber spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Crisco all-vegetable shortening (6.7 ounces) - softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 2 tsp extract the flavor of your choice
  • 5 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • Food coloring optional

Instructions

  • Start by placing the Crisco all-vegetable shortening into the bowl of a stand mixer. A stand mixer works best because you can leave the shortening to cream at a high speed for a long time. This will ensure that it creates extra light and fluffy frosting. Use the whisk attachment.
    Cream the Crisco shortening at a high speed for roughly 10 minutes. The shortening should be extremely light in color and have a very fluffy texture.
  • While the shortening is being creamed in the stand mixer, start making the milk mixture. Gently heat the milk inside of a small saucepan over very low heat. Then, add the salt and the flavoring you are using.
    Gently stir the mixture until all of the fine salt has dissolved. Then, remove the milk from the heat and allow it to cool completely before using.
  • Once the shortening has been creamed, sift in the icing sugar (powdered or confectionery's sugar). Start by only adding about 3 cups of icing sugar first. Slowly whisk it in before increasing the speed of the mixer and beating it on high for about 2 minutes. Then, add the remaining icing sugar and again, beat it in slowly before increasing the speed.
    Beat the mixture at a high speed for 5 minutes. Make sure to scrape the sides using a silicone or rubber spatula. This will prevent lumps and some shortening from not becoming part of the creamy frosting.
  • After your frosting has been whipped for about 5 minutes, you can now add the milk mixture. Start by only adding half of the milk and giving the frosting a mix. This will allow you to slowly adjust the consistency while you are working.
    Continue adding milk until you are happy with the consistency. Then, increase the speed of the mixer and beat the frosting at high speed for 10 minutes.
  • Now, wedding cakes are usually made with white frosting. However, today, there are a ton of fun and colorful trends making their rounds. So, if you want to add food coloring, do so after your frosting has been made. This way the color won't be diluted with other additives (like milk or powdered sugar).
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