Fluffy Frosting Recipe

This homemade fluffy frosting recipe produces a heavenly frosting that tastes like marshmallows.

It has a beautiful gloss to it and holds its shape well - and tastes wonderful.

Best Fluffy Frosting Recipe

Best Fluffy Frosting Recipe

I have many secrets to perfect fluffy frosting. The first one is to beat the egg whites until stiff before you begin cooking the sugar and water.

The second secret is to whip again for a few seconds before adding the sugar mixture, and whip while pouring it in. Don't stop whipping until the frosting becomes glossy/shiny.

The most important secret is this - The key to turning egg whites into stiff peaks is an impeccably clean mixing bowl and beaters (no fat should remain) and a good electric mixer. Are you ready to make some fluffy frosting? Good.


1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 egg whites
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pure almond extract (optional)

In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, water and cream of tartar. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly; this may take several minutes.

In a medium mixing bowl, whip the egg whites and vanilla to soft peaks (several minutes). Gradually add the sugar mixture while whipping constantly until stiff peaks form, about 7 to 10 minutes.

Homemade and store-bought vanilla frosting have a slight golden color. If you need a pure white frosting using vanilla frosting, simply add a drop of blue liquid food coloring to the frosting and stir well. It counteracts the yellow tint. Repeat until the icing is bright white.

This fluffy frosting recipe uses Crisco shortening. My mom always made it when I was young. I loved it then, and I love it now.


4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup Crisco white shortening
2 TBS water
1 tsp pure vanilla extract**

In a large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, water and vanilla. Beat on low speed to combine, then beat on medium speed for a full five minutes.

It won't look like cake icing at first, but keep the mixer going for a full five minutes and soon you will perfect icing.

If you're not using this for decorating, but just for icing the cake, thin the icing by adding 3 tablespoons of corn syrup, or water to the icing.

If you substitute 1/2 cup of softened butter and 1/2 cup Crisco (instead of the full cup of shortening), you'll have gorgeous tasty frosting. If you 1 cup softened butter instead of shortening, you will have fantastic buttercream icing.

**You may also use clear imitation vanilla extract.

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