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"Bakery-Style" Cake Frosting

Cake Frosting that is not-too-sweet, fluffy, and so spreadable. This 'bakery-style" frosting mixes together in minutes and holds its shape!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake frosting, easy frosting, frosting
Servings: 36
Calories: 585kcal


cake frosting

  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks, room temperature)
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 5 cups powder sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract


make frosting

  • Beat soft butter and shortening in a mixer on high until creamy for 5 minutes.
  • At low speed, add powder sugar 1 cup at a time until smooth.
  • On high speed, mix in vanilla, almond extract, and hot water for 5 minutes until fluffy and smooth.

cake decorating

  • Place a dollup of frosting on a small piece of cardboard or a tray, and set the cake on top. This keeps the cake from sliding around while decorating.
  • Frost the cake using a small offset spatula. Smooth out the frosting as best you can all over the top and sides of the cake. This frosting is so easy to spread, and you don't have to clean your spatula while decorating!
  • Fill a large piping bag with frosting, set the bag in a tall sturdy glass measuring cup. Push the frosting down inside, then when ¾ full push the frosting inside the bag toward the tip. Fold the top down and decorate your cake as you wish.




This frosting recipe is SOOO fluffy and easy to spread at room temperature. But it firms up nicely when chilled in the fridge, so decorate your cake with room temperature frosting. You can freeze any leftover frosting, and use it for another dessert.
For larger cakes or ones with layers, you will want to double this recipe.


A small offset spatula makes it really easy, but you can use a butter knife too. I had fun piping stars on the cake, totally optional but looks so patriotic. 🇺🇸 Use a large piping bag and 1M tip to create the stars. I used regular food coloring, just mix until it's a dark enough shade. Red took the whole little bottle.


Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg