Michael's Frosting

Michael's Frosting Recipe

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Michael Rude


This was (and is) my favorite frosting that my maternal grandmother, Mary, made every year for my birthday until her death in 1986. I have found similar recipes called "poor man's frosting". I came across her original hand-written recipe in 2015. It was always put on a devil's food cake. I used whole milk as the additional milk fat helps incorporate the flour with less chance of lumps.

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Frosts 9x13 cake
10 Min
Stove Top


2 1/2 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1/2 c
whole milk
1/2 c
1/2 c
1 c
powdered sugar
1 tsp
vanilla extract


1Whisk flour, milk and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened. Continue cooking 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl and allow to cool completely.
2Add shortening to cooled mixture, beating to incorporate. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, scraping bowl as needed.

About Michael's Frosting

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtag: #birthday