Homemade Grocery Store Frosting Recipe


I love butter. I grew up with butter. Real butter and only butter.

Homemade Grocery Store Frosting Photo

Butter is all I use in my favorite buttercream frosting recipe. (Bear with me, I’m getting to the point soon.)

Homemade Grocery Store Frosting Picture

For every one of my kids’ birthdays, I make cakes or cupcakes with said buttercream frosting. And then one year, my daughter wanted a cake from the grocery store bakery.

Makes it easier for me, so sure. One bite and I remembered how delicious grocery store bakery cakes are.

Homemade Grocery Store Frosting Image

Why?! Why are they so delicious? It’s that grocery store bakery frosting recipe.

I won’t ever fully betray my only-butter buttercream frosting recipe, but every now and then, I’m just going to have to make this homemade grocery store frosting.

Homemade Grocery Store Frosting Pic

The key ingredient in the frosting is the vegetable shortening. Grocery stores use shortening because it’s cheaper, more stable, and has a longer shelf life.

It’s also less sensitive to heat, so the consistency is more reliable. Speaking of consistency, it helps frosting achieve just that: The perfect consistency.

File 1 Homemade Grocery Store Frosting

I find this particular recipe even easier to pipe than traditional buttercream frosting, and it holds its shape beautifully. It’s why I add just a little bit of shortening to my royal icing recipe.

So, if you’re using this frosting to pipe flowers or decorate a cake? It’s divine.

That said, I can’t forgo my beloved butter entirely, so here I use a combination of shortening and butter for a perfect blend, much as I use the same combination in my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

File 2 Homemade Grocery Store Frosting

You get the smooth consistency of shortening with the can’t-be-beat butter taste.

Want to decorate the cupcakes with the frosting as shown here? If you’d like to tint the frosting, mix a few drops of food coloring into the frosting very well.

File 3 Homemade Grocery Store Frosting

Prepare a decorating bag with a star tip, size 1M (my favorite tool for topping cupcakes), fill the bag with some of the frosting, and close with a rubber band.

Start at the center of the cupcake and pipe the frosting, moving to the outside of the cupcake and piping a spiral. Add sprinkles, if you like.

Homemade Grocery Store Frosting Photo

Homemade Grocery Store Frosting Recipe

Meaghan Mountford
Why are cakes from the grocery store so delicious? It’s in the frosting. This easy, homemade grocery store frosting delivers the same sweet, smooth flavor of a store-bought cake.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Frosting
Servings 32 2 tablespoons
Calories 193.53 kcal


  • 0.5 Softened Butter
  • 1 Vegetable Shortening Crisco used here
  • 2 Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • 4 Water or milk


  • In the bowl of a standing mixer or in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, blend the butter and shortening on low speed.
  • Gradually add about half of the confectioner’s sugar. Keep the mixer on low when adding additional ingredients, but you may increase the speed to medium when blending.
  • Blend in the vanilla, salt and four tablespoons of the milk or water.
  • Gradually add the rest of the confectioner’s sugar and mix very well until the frosting is smooth. If necessary, add additional milk or water to desired consistency.


Calories: 193.53kcalCarbohydrates: 28.28gProtein: 0.02gFat: 9.34gSaturated Fat: 3.09gSodium: 0.73mgSugar: 27.78g
Keyword Baking, Cakes, Copycat, Copycat Desserts, Cupcakes, Easy, Frosting, Homemade, No Cook
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Post navigation

Recipe Rating