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This is the best recipe for taste and presentation and it’s easy for decorating, borders, cupcakes, cakes and such! This yields A LOT – so it’s great for sheet cakes with layers!! This works best with a Kitchen Aid mixer – it really makes a difference in outcome of the frosting! If needed, add a little milk or water to thin out but with Kitchen Aid’s help, you really don’t need it. Very stable and can withstand room temp!!
In a large bowl, using your Kitchen Aid mixer, cream together shortening and butter. Stop and scrape down sides, and keep mixing till creamy.
Then add cut-up cream cheese and mix again (on high speed), scraping down sides till fluffy. Add vanilla extract and blend again.
Then, a little at a time add confectioner’s sugar, starting on low speed as to not spray sugar all over. Make sure to scrape down sides of the bowl after each addition. Once it’s all incorporated and mostly blended, increase speed and continue blending. You may add salt if you need to (but only if you used unsalted butter).
Turn on high speed for 15 minutes to make frosting blended, smooth and fluffy. If it’s not thick enough for frosting, you may have to chill frosting after completed.
*If you don’t have salted butter and are using unsalted, you may add salt to recipe, otherwise if you add more salt, the recipe will taste salty.
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