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Jun 4, 2010 10:30 PM

Is it possible to buy the kind of frosting that is on the sheet cakes at Von's and Costco?

I mean, as in separately from a cake? Has anyone done this or thought of doing this?

It's a very guilty pleasure. But also a very pleasurable very guilty pleasure.

I've made frostings myself, of course, but they never compare to the mad sugar rush those frostings deliver.

Perhaps they also use Crisco instead of butter...?

If you're not too disgusted by this post, I'd love some advice. ;)

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  1. It's butter cream icing and yes they use shortening rather than butter.
    I thought the cake frosting sold in cans in the grocery store are the same stuff.


    1. Just buy the icing. They'll throw in the cake for free!

      1. If your Costco lays out its breads/bagels etc out on a table, I've seen them underneath in large tubs. Not sure if those are for sale, or just for storage.

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        1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

          I've seen those tubs there too, but I don't think they're for sale.

          1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

            thank you, taiwanesesmalleats. i've seen those two, but, as monku says, i have a feeling they're not for sale.

          2. the product comes from a company called bakemark and its olny wholesale.i used them when i ran a deli a few years back and i think if you ask vons they should sell some to you,and it is good frosting

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            1. re: tnsquire

              thank you, bakemark! who knows, maybe i could somehow get my hands on some of that. :)

            2. It's crisco, powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla. You can whip some up at home pretty easily.

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              1. re: jackattack

                now i can't remember where i found this but i think it may require more than just Crisco to re-create. Apparently something called hi-ratio shortening is important to the taste. I bought some at Surfas and will let you know. :)