Often, the most cherished recipes aren’t discovered in renowned cook books written by world class famous chefs or even the top selling dishes at five star restaurants. In our family, the best recipes are passed down from the archives in Grandma’s test kitchen—where love is always the first ingredient and the portions of food are just as abundant as hugs and kisses. But of all the recipes that have adorned our tables for years, one in particular remains the undefeated champion: Grandma B’s frosting.
Grandma always called it wonder cake frosting—I’m guessing because it’s simply so wonderful and has marveled our family for generations. Traditionally, my grandmother used this icing for her wonder red cake, as opposed to the commonly known cream cheese frosting. But the icing was so good, it became the only icing for every cake in our house. And I have adopted the beloved tradition to share with my family and friends. Store-bought icing doesn’t hold a candle to this icing—it truly takes the cake.
Grandma B’s Wonder Frosting
2 ½ Tbs. Flour
½ Cup Milk
¼ Cup Crisco
¼ Cup Butter, softened at room temperature
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Combine flour and milk in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens to a sauce. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm. Cream together Crisco and butter. Add sugar and vanilla. Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy.
Don’t attempt to deprive yourself and wait for a birthday or special celebration in order to have a reason to make this recipe— you don’t even have to wait until after dinner. In the wise words of my Dad: “Life’s short—eat dessert first!” Enjoy!
The Humble Homemaker