Basic Frosting For Decorating

If you want both red and green frosting, make two separate batches of this so you can tint each a separate color.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, for cake, for cookies, for cupcakes, natural


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening I use Spectrum
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons liquid milk, water, or the spinach or beet purees


  • Combine powdered sugar and shortening and beat with hand mixer.
  • Add vanilla and almond extracts. While beating, add liquid, 1 tablespoons at a time, until you achieve the desired consistency.