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Makes about 3 cups

This recipe, adapted from Carole Walter's "Great Cakes," makes a frosting thick enough to form into flowers. If the mixture is too firm, add more milk as needed. The frosting may be divided into batches, each colored as desired.

3/4 cup vegetable shortening

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

4 to 41/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Food coloring


 Beat shortening and butter in bowl of an electric mixer
on low speed until completely blended. Combine sugar and
salt in a large bowl. Add half of the sugar mixture to the
shortening mixture, beating just until incorporated. Beat
in remaining sugar with the milk, vanilla and coloring. Do
not overmix.

Per tablespoon: 75 calories, 0 protein, 10 g carbohydrates,
4 g fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 0 fiber. Calories
from fat: 47 percent.


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