Mom’s Famous White Icing

My mom is a baker and she specializes in all types of cakes.  She is famous for them but the secret is Mom’s Famous White Icing.  No matter what type of cake, we always have to have her special icing. I swear, anything would taste great with that icing! I do need to warn you though, she makes it with Crisco instead of butter so if you eat too much, you’ll get that film on the roof of your mouth — just like when you eat Captain Crunch. Anyways, onto the recipe…

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Mom's famous White Icing
  • 1 ½ Cup Milk
  • 7 Tablespoons of Flour or 4 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • Mix together in a small saucepan and heat slowly on low, stirring constantly until thick. Cool completely before continuing.
  • 1 ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 ½ Cup Crisco or Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  1. In a bowl add the sugar and Crisco or butter, gradually beat in the flour/milk mixture. Add the vanilla and beat until fluffy.
This icing is wonderful on any cake but one of our favorites is Mom’s Plain Cake. CLICK HERE for the recipe.


  • I went straight to the icing recipe! I’m pinning this….never though to put cornstarch or flour….but then again I’m not a baker. 🙂

  • Susan says:

    There’s nothing better than family handed-down recipes. Our moms and grandmoms really knew how to make amazing food and I love to share that history with them. I’m looking forward to trying your icing recipe.

  • Stacey says:

    This icing recipe is like none that I have ever seen! I need to try it for sure. I think I will be learning a new thing or two about icings.

  • janis says:

    Your white icing looks just as delish as the cake. And there’s nothing like homemade icing instead of canned any day of the week.

  • Dee says:

    This is like my mom’s Gravy Frosting but she used powder sugar for an even fluffier version. Love it as she has been gone for ten years. Brings back wonderful memories for me as this is the recipe she used for all my birthday cakes.

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