angel frosting

When I was a kid, I always wanted an Angel Food cake for my birthday. Nothing fancy done to it. No decorations. Just a simple cake with a very simple frosting.

Angel frosting.

Mama would whip and whip and whip this frosting until it was almost like eating a cloud. Seriously. Devo considered shooting that video at our house when Mama was making this frosting.


It’s fluffy and light and not too terribly sweet and it perfectly complements the distinct texture of angel food. I didn’t even want it dyed … just plain white angel frosting on a plain white angel food cake : )


  • 1 can evaporated milk (I seldom use anything that comes in cans, but I make the occasional exception, typically nostalgia-related)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (yup … now you know why she had to whip it for so long.)
  • 1 cup shortening (yeah. that stuff)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

I like my cakes to look super smothered and delectable, so I typically double most frosting recipes, then let the kids go to town on whatever I didn’t use.

Cream shortening and sugar until smooth. And I mean smoooooth. (Good time to break out that KitchenAid mixer and watch a rerun of Buffy.) Begin adding the milk a little at a time until it reaches the consistency of whipped cream. Add vanilla and continue beating until well blended.

Start frosting.

(Sometimes, when making this cake for someone who likes things a little fancier than me, I slice some fresh strawberries and use them to decorate. Slice them thin. Cuz it’s pretty.)

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