Our family has a tradition of making a birthday cake for Jesus for Christmas. The kids fight over the flavor every year and they both claim to know exactly what Jesus prefers.
This year we are going with the plain but very delicious vanilla cake option. I am sprucing it up with my mom's imitation whipped cream frosting recipe.
It's easy and fabulously yummy. It tastes like lightly sweetened whipped cream and isn't heavy or overly sweet like regular frostings. Yum!
Here's the recipe:
Imitation Whipped Cream Frosting
1/4 c flour
1/2 c milk
Cook over heat until thick. Cool completely.
1/2 c butter
1/2 c shortning
1/2 c sugar
Until fluffy. Add the milk/flour mix and beat until fluffier! Spread.
Keep going! You want it to look like this:
Now you are done! Take it off the heat and put it aside to cool completely. I usually transfer it to a plate and toss it into the freezer or a snowbank to cool it quicker. Patience is not an attribute of mine.
When it is completely cool, you will start mixing your butter, shortening and sugar together. Make sure your shortening isn't rancid (oops, mine was today. Good thing I had another can!) Beat until fluffy and then add the flour milk mixture. Beat with an electric mixer and it will get very, very fluffy. Look at this:
Mmmm! Very fluffy, lightly sweet and the perfect frosting for Jesus's birthday cake! This will frost a two layer cake, including a thin layer between the two. If you like your frosting layer to be thicker, make sure to double the recipe. I don't care for a thick layer of frosting so when I do a single layer cake, I usually half the recipe. Give it a try; I think you'll like it!
Merry, Merry Christmas!