Posted by: Deana | April 7, 2009

Homemade Frosting

Warning: Once you’ve made this frosting, store-bought frosting will never taste as good.

This recipe is from a dear family friend, Annie.  It’s SO good; one time Dad wondered aloud if Mom put some kind of addicting product into the frosting, since it was so hard to stop eating.

I grew up in a house where lunch and dinner were always followed up with a cookie or two or some other dessert because that’s the kind of house my dad grew up in.  It’s something my mom learned about him very soon after they were married.  I don’t know if we started the nick-name or if Mom did, but as kids we used to call Dad the dessert king. After dinner we’d ask the dessert king what was for dessert, and Dad would raid the pantry and return with whatever was on hand, anything from oreos or fig newtons to homemade cookies or cake.  So we had this frosting fairly often.

One “recipe” the dessert king showed me at a very young age, used the leftover frosting Mom didn’t put on a cake.  (She always made sure to save some of the frosting as “extra.”)  I remember being amazed as child when he showed me that the best way to use extra frosting was by spreading it on a graham cracker!  I loved graham crackers and I loved frosting – it was perfect.  And since then I have been known to make a batch of this frosting, with no cake in sight, to keep in the fridge for enjoying with graham crackers.  It’s a dessert Z has come to love too.

Homemade Frosting

  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 tsp. milk, mom puts in 4 T.
  • ½ c. crisco
  • ½ c. softened butter
  • 1 T. meringue powder
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar

Combine.  To make chocolate frosting, simply add 3 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate.


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