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Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

 Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
This rich, buttery frosting has just the right amount of sweetness. So it's a perfect compliment to any flavor cake.
24 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 6 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  • 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.
  • 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

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Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (continued)

Editor's Note: 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.
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.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.