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Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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This basic buttery frosting has unmatchable homemade taste. With a few simple variations, you can come up with different colors and flavors. —Diana Wilson, Denver, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 124 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Yield: About 3 cups.
Easy Almond Buttercream Frosting: Prepare as directed above, use 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon almond extract instead of the vanilla. Yield: about 3 cups. Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: Prepare as directed above, except use 4 cups confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup baking cocoa and 6-7 tablespoons milk. Yield: about 3 cups. Easy Lemon Buttercream Frosting: Prepare as directed above, except use 5-6 tablespoons lemon juice instead of the milk and 1 teaspoon grated peel. Yield: about 3 cups. Easy Orange Buttercream Frosting: Prepare as directed above, except use 5-6 tablespoons orange juice instead of the milk and add 1 teaspoon grated orange peel. Yield: about 3 cups. Easy Peanut Butter Frosting: Prepare as directed above, except use 1/2 cup peanut butter instead of the butter and use 6-8 tablespoons milk. Yield: about 3 cups. Easy Peppermint Buttercream Frosting: Prepare as directed above, except use 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract instead of the vanilla. Yield: about 3 cups.
Originally published as Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting in Complete Guide to Baking 2004, p140

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 124 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

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

Reviews for Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting(68)

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Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

For those that rate this as a "bad" recipe probably have not had a lot of practice with frosting. It's a technique, like anything else. I use this basic base of ingredients and make wonderful frostings. Too stiff? add a little milk? too thin, add some sugar. Pretty simple. You do need to beat this with an electric mixer to get the creamy texture you desire.

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Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

This is so great! I made a homemade yellow cake with chopped up strawberries mixed in. This icing is perfect for my new take on a strawberry shortcake!! I love it.

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

TASTE SO GOOD! Came out perfect, I just added like half a tablespoon of extra milk. I am putting my icing on homemade cupcakes I made!

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

I'm delighted with so many recipes to choose from. I love the homemade frostings because from one basic recipe you can make different flavors just by changing one or two ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

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Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

This is officially the worst frosting recipe I have ever used! First it comes out all powdery so I had to add an extra cup and a half of milk! Then no matter how much I mixed it, it was still all gritty! So "what an amazing recipe"? I don't think so!

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