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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 Dec. 18, 2014

"Tasted chalky and just like confectioners sugar - not creamy at all."

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Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"I made both the Vanilla and the Chocolate versions. I found the Vanilla a bit too sweet, but the chocolate was just right. Both versions were enthusiastically approved by my Thanksgiving guests."

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Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"My favorite frosting. I use this recipe but flavor with lemon, using lemon juice instead of the milk, and omitting the vanilla. My grandkid's favorite!

MY favorite is almond flavoring."

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Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"Some recipe calls for unsalted butter is that what to use for this or regular butter"

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Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"Keeping this one on hand for all my cakes. My daughter made it with coffee extract for chocolate cupcakes and it was out of this world"

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