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.

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Reviews for Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

Ever notice how the 5 star ratings always start out great recipe or so easy, yet they change a half dozen of the steps?

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Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

I liked it. I made the original vanilla flavor. It was a nice texture for cake frosting. I also used it for piping decorations. I wish it were not so sweet, but I suppose excessively sweet is a given with buttercream.

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

This recipe is AMAZING!! But i did make a few adjustments so ill write out the recipe i used.

Instead of 4 1/2 cups of sugar i used 2 cups. And i only used 2 tablespoons of milk. I also used ,instead of vinllia, i used raspberry flavor and it tuned out great. I hope this review was useful! :)

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Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

I followed the instructions, but my icing came out liquidy and runny! It did, however, taste Delicious. I only used 5 tablespoons of milk.

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

I found this very simple, just what I wanted, simple. I used the 4 cups of sugar, plus added Hershey's unsweetened cocoa and the special dark cocoa, just added to taste. I also made my own powered sugar with my nutra-bullet because i didn't have any powered sugar. Not bad at all, sweet though. I then made my version of Reese's, added peanut butter to some of the frosting and made chocolate peanut butter frosting. Not bad.

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