No Fail Buttercream Icing

Ingredients open

½ cup solid vegetable shortening ( i prefer using lard, but I know some people may not be able to find lard in their area)
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened ( unsalted butter)
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract or my favorite, almond.
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
1 tbsp. of whipping cream