Amazing Vanilla Frosting (4 Ingredients!)

Homemade Vanilla Frosting, its very easy to make and only a few small ingredients! Also, super sweet and reminds you of the store cupcakes without all the extra crap!

Im kidding! So I wanted to make a ton of cookies and brownies for the holidays coming up. I needed a frosting to cover the brownies with. I could add color and piping tools and make some super cute stuff. The only issue, I had never made frosting before. I worked in tons of kitchens, but I never learned baking sweets. So of course as a challenge to myself, thats where I wanted to focus.

Frosting was needed for all sorts of baking adventures. So I started researching how frosting was made. I watched a few videos and read a few recipes and found a similarity. They often used butter, vegetable shortening, and confectioners sugar and whipped it into a beautiful frosting.

That’s when the problem presented itself. If i were to add my butter which contains a nice amount of Turmeric into the recipe…I would have a slightly yellow pigmented frosting. That wasnt going to suit my needs. It was time to try something. Take the butter out of the recipe!

Long story kind of short. I whipped it together and bam! Frosting, which was commented on my personal Facebook as having “Nice Peaks”. Its super simple, and woah is it good. Hide the spoon from yourself.

Vegetable Shortening Alternatives:


You can substitute the exact same amount of butter for vegetable shortening. Be careful as this could alter the pigment of your vanilla frosting to a slightly off yellow tinge.

Shortening + Butter:

You can also do half and half butter and vegetable shortening in your Vanilla Powdered Sugar Frosting. I prefer using one or the other, but general frostings use a mix of the two.

Powdered Sugar Alternatives:

Making powdered sugar from other sugars:

Simply add 1 cup of your favorite granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or arrowroot powder to a food processor and mix until a powder has formed!

What can I use vanilla frosting on?

This vanilla frosting is a very basic and universal frosting so I cannot think of an instance where it would not pair well with something requiring frosting. Here are a few things I have tried it on and found success!


I have tried it on a vanilla cake, chocolate cake an a confetti cake (made this for my birthday party!) and we found no issues with the flavor clashing. Vanilla frosting is amongst my favorite types of frosting though.

I found using a heavy layer on top about 1/4 of the cake in thickness was the best application to cakes.


We recently tried this on some of our chocolate brownies, they were absolutely amazing. It took a few to really find the right frosting to brownie ration.

1/8″-1/4 of the size of the brownie seemed to be the right about of frosting. A light layer to not make the brownie a frosting plate.


I used this frosting a ton on our cupcake murder series on our instagram. Not only did it pipe onto the cupcakes very well, but when we killed the cupcakes the splatter was amazing!

I recommend using a ziplock with the corner cut off or a set of piping bags when applying frosting to the cupcakes. This is where you get to have fun with designs. I usually found doing a spiral effect looked the best, but I have seen quite a few fun frosting tutorials!

Other Frostings and Desserts!

Chocolate Frosting

Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanilla Powdered Sugar Frosting

This taste exactly like the white frosting at the store, the confectioners frosting. It is extremely sweet and way too easy to keep eating.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Yield: 48 Servings
Calories: 0.126kcal


  • 2 Cups Vegetable Shortening
  • 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt


  • Add your Vegetable Shortening to a mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to whip it until smooth.
  • Add the Vanilla Extract and salt and mix until smooth.
  • Add your Powdered Sugar one cup at a time and mix until smooth. You can add more Powdered sugar to get it thicker, hot water to thin it.

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