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Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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This rich, buttery frosting has just the right amount of sweetness. So it's a perfect compliment to any flavor cake.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 6 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 155 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 118 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a heavy saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil; cook over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Add a small amount of hot mixture to egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook 2 minutes longer or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature.
  2. In a bowl with the whisk attachment, cream butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Gradually beat in cooked sugar mixture. Beat in confectioners' sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. If necessary, refrigerate until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 cups.
Classic Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: Prepare buttercream frosting as directed above and set aside. In a saucepan or microwave, melt 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips with 1/4 cup water; stir until smooth. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Stir into buttercream frosting. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting in Complete Guide to Baking 2004, p138

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 155 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 118 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 1 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

This frosting was worth the effort. My family loved it!

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Reviewed May. 6, 2012

I made this frosting for some cupcakes. The frosting turned out really good. The process kind of long to make it, but it was worth it. I will make it again.

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