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Foamy Frosting


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While growing up, my mom made a frosting recipe that she called Foamy Frosting. I have also heard it called old-fashioned cooked frosting. We would frequently request this frosting to be spread on top of our birthday cakes.

I was even able to get my husband to occasionally make it for me to go on my birthday cakes. I personally like it best on top of a devil’s food cake just prepared from a box mix. This frosting is such a tasty change from the usual sugary butter cream frosting. It’s light, creamy, and fluffy.

As I have said, this is a cooked frosting. You cook some milk and flour together in a sauce pan as the start of this frosting. Once you cook that, then you need to give it some time to cool. Once the flour mixture has cooled, it gets whipped together with some shortening, butter, sugar, and vanilla. The results are a fluffy, light, creamy, foamy frosting. If you don’t want to use shortening, I have seen the recipe made with a all butter.

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Here is what you need to make the

Foamy Frosting

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Foamy Frosting | realmomkitchen.com

Foamy Frosting

  • Author: Laura


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  • 5 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. In a sauce pan, cook milk and flour over medium heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a bowl, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar. Beat in cooled milk mixture until light and foamy. Blend in vanilla. Frost over the top of a 9 x 13 inch cake.
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Brenda August 18, 2021 - 7:13 pm

I haven’t tried this yet, but it is very similar to (if not the same as) a frosting that my mom makes. Whole milk works better than skim. With skim, it seems to separate.

Andrea October 13, 2012 - 4:52 am

Is this regular granular sugar or confectioners sugar? Also how well does it keep? Can I make it the night before? And use in the morning or frost the cake the nit before? Thank you.

Lavanya March 18, 2011 - 12:49 pm

Followed this link which a friend posted on Facebook. Am real keen to try it out but first, do you have a vegetarian alternate for shortening?

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Elizabeth November 18, 2008 - 10:06 am

I really enjoyed this frosting! I made chocolate cupcakes and with this frosting and everyone really liked them. I agree, it is a nice change from the heavy buttercream frosting. Thanks for the recipe!

Mommy's Kitchen November 13, 2008 - 8:45 am

My all time favorite cake is devils food cake with white frosting. I will definitly be trying this frosting out the next time i make my favorite cake.

Bobbi Jo November 12, 2008 - 4:57 pm

I am enjoying your blog very much. Great recipes. Hugs, Bobbi Jo-AZ

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Maria November 12, 2008 - 11:39 am

I love the name! I will have to try it out next time I bake a cake!