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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.

Sweet White Wine

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

Reviews for Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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Reviewed May. 15, 2015

"I felt it as my duty to make this review and let everyone know this is EXTREMELY sweet. I have a sweet tooth and even for me this was way too overboard. I really wanted to throw it all away but I couldn't because I was having my dinner party coming in an hour and had no more defrosted butter to create a new batch. The taste was really good, but too sweet to consume more than a spoonful. And as other reviews mentioned, you know it is too sugary when the texture is really grainy and not soft and airy like most buttercream. My recommendation is to cut the sugar to 3cp, 3 1/2 cp max."

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2015

"It is quick but the result is grainy. It lacks that smooth, silky texture that a buttercream icing should have. Certainly good enough for a kids cake, or lunch box cup cakes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"It is absolutely 4.5 cups. Seems like a lot of sugar compared with the amount of butter. Most recipes for this frosting call for at least 1 cup of butter."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

"It doesn't call for 4.5 cups. It's 4, one half cups. Or as most people would say, 2 cups. Once I realized why it was so sweet I added more butter and was able to salvage it!"

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"Perfect."

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