1/2 cup solid white vegetable shortening (ie Crisco)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
Food coloring, if desired
Beat the shortening, butter and vanilla in mixing bowl until smooth using an electric mixer. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating after each addition, until all sugar is used and frosting is smooth.
Add food coloring, if using, and blend in well.
Note: If frosting is too soft for your purposes, add a little more powdered sugar and shortening; beat well.
This recipe is best used for piping.
Yield: Approximately 2 cups frosting.