PolishMommy, I noticed on your first post that you used 2 tablespoons of flour and on this post, you said you use 1 tablespoons. Did you try the recipe with 1 tablespoon of flour and it worked for you?
When mixing this particular frosting, is it done similarly to others I've seen? (Whipping shortening, DW, salt & flavoring @ high speed 7-10 minutes, til it looks like whipped topping, then adding sugar, flour & water & whipping for an additional 7-10)
First I combine the dream whip, water, and salt so that it can all disolve together. Then cream the shortening with the vanilla in your mixer. Add the dream whip mixture and mix until smooth. I add the flour to the sugar bag and add that slowly until combined. Then after its mixed together scrape the sides really good and mix an additional 1-2 minutes on medium speed. (3 on my kitchenaid.)
You don't want to mix too high a speed or too long because that will just incorporate air into the icing.
I don't want to confuse people with this icing. It is NOT like whipped topping. It is only a fluffier version of buttercream.
Made the frosting w/the 7-10 minute mixing times, & it does seem like a bit more air than I'd like-needed to make a cake for a family function so I knew they wouldn't mind no matter how it looked. Tasted good but it definitely wasn't as smooth as I'm used to. Thanks for the mixing details-will be sure to use them next time around!!