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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.

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Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"I decorated two tone brownies with the chocolate and the almond variations. Very good!!! We all enjoyed them very much, and the strawberries we garnished them with tasted great with it! Very quick and easy too."

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"Far, far too sweet. Even adding some salt in with the milk was unable to cut the sweetness. I definitely have a sweet tooth, but couldn't even stomach a spoonful of it, and I didn't even add all 4.5C confectioner's sugar."

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"This was simple and tasted great, the best one I have come across"

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Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"Awesome! Absolutely perfect for cupcakes."

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Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"Love versatility!! Thanks"

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