We went to Shipshewana this week. I hadn’t been there in many years and I thought it would be fun to check out the shops and the Amish stores. The Amish life is appealing to me for two reasons. I like the simplicity and the sense of community the people share.
This frosting recipe has the name “Dorothy” written in the corner. Dorothy was my father’s aunt, his dad’s sister. She was one of the children that got split up when their mother died that I wrote about when I made Edna’s Butterscotch Cake. I remember going to visit her home one time when we were on a family vacation. She could have been Amish with her old fashioned clothes and furniture. She and her husband owned a store that was connected to the side of their home. The store itself was very anitiquated. I remember it as similar to a “modern day” antique store. Everything was very simple there. I can imagine how she might have put together this simple “from scratch” frosting in her unadorned kitchen.
Dorothy’s Butter Cream Frosting
- 1 cup milk
- 5 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar (granulated) or 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook milk and flour until very thick. Cool. Add to creamed sugar and shortening. Beat until very fluffy and add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
I combined the milk and flour in a pan and began to cook them over medium heat.
I have never made frosting this way, so I was curious to see what would happen. In a short time, the milk and flour got very thick, like the recipe said it would.
While the milk and flour mixture was cooling, I creamed the sugar and shortening together (I decided to use half shortening and half butter.). I used the powdered sugar, but I am curious to know how the granulated sugar would turn out since the recipe says you can use either one.
I then added the milk and flour mixture into the creamed sugar and shortening mixture and beat until it was very fluffy. I then added a teaspoon of vanilla.
The frosting turned out very fluffy and spread easily on the cake. It is different than other frosting. My brother-in-law described it as similar to the filling in a twinkie. My sister-in-law thought it reminded her of a frosting that has cool whip in it. I thought it was similar to doughnut filling.
I hope you have a chance to give Aunt Dorothy’s Butter Cream Frosting and the cake recipe a try. I think you will find it a simple delight.