Making wedding-cake frosting at home is easy, inexpensive, and requires only a few basic ingredients. Confectioner’s sugar, vegetable shortening and vanilla extract are combined to create a light, fluffy, and delicious frosting with an extremely white color. This recipe yields approximately five cups of frosting, but a double batch can be made if necessary.

Things You'll Need

Combine 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar, 1 cup of vegetable shortening, 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract in a medium-size mixing bowl.

Beat the mixture with an electric mixer on low speed, just until combined. At this point, the frosting will be very thin.

Turn the speed to medium and beat for an additional five minutes. The frosting should be light and fluffy after beating.

Add 3 tablespoons of corn syrup to the wedding-cake frosting. Turn the electric mixer on medium and beat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the desired consistency is achieved.

Put the frosting into a piping bag to use for decorating, or apply directly to the cake. If you’re using the frosting for decorations, corn syrup can be omitted to make a thicker, stiffer frosting.


  • If you’re making a colored wedding cake, add 1 to 2 drops of food coloring during the mixing process.

    If desired, use ½ cup unsalted butter and ½ cup vegetable shortening, instead of 1 cup shortening.