Rich Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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Rich Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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A few simple ingredients make a creamy frosting that finishes cakes, cupcakes and cookies. If you love making desserts, keep this frosting recipe handy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 136 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth (frosting will be thick). If desired, tint with food coloring. Yield: 5 cups.
Originally published as Buttercream Frosting in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p78

Sweet White Wine

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

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Swallsrn User ID: 8694730 250288
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"I've been making this for years and it's always so good."

kedenv User ID: 5930790 242274
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"I found this frosting to be too thick and too sweet. It does make a ton of frosting. I frosted 2 dozen cupcakes with it, and probably could have frosted another dozen easily. I 'll keep playing with the basic recipe to see if it can be evened out a bit."

kmpatch User ID: 149103 235530
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"Good basic frosting recipe. I halved the recipe, which was enough to frost a 9" 2-layer cake. It was very sweet - I added a few more tablespoons of butter and a pinch of salt and it was much better. I also added a bit more milk to get the right spreading consistency for my cake."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 231684
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2015

"Super! 1% milk is fine. Enough frosting for a 13x9 cake & a 9x9 2-layer cake.

- Theresa"

debpenns User ID: 5553562 230021
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2015

"Great icing1 made this to decorate a 3 layer cake! turned out awesome! I used a little evaporated milk to make the consistency better for this cake!"

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 219723
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"What a great frosting recipe! I add an additional tablespoon of milk to make the consistency a little softer, which I prefer. I've used it to frost both cupcakes and cut-out cookies and am so happy with the results!"

Stormie_01 User ID: 3541746 66933
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"A tried and true recipe. A good recipe like this, well it makes decorating your Christmas Cookies a breeze. Thanks Taste of Home. You are the Bomb!"

iwuflutegurl User ID: 5373097 148488
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"This is a great recipe for basic buttercream. The flavor is perfectly sweet and the texture and consistency are great. It easily accepts extra liquid (water or milk) to make a smoother, more glazelike frosting. It also crusts nicely, making it easier to transport frosted cookies! I have used this recipe exclusively for my sugar cookie decorating since I found it and also for my daughters' birthday cakes. The original recipe yields quite a bit - plenty to generously frost at least 6 dozen cookies or a couple of 9x13 cakes."

phillips802 User ID: 6537835 155244
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"This is a poor mans 6 siblings and I use to make this same tasting fronting with mom growing up for Christmas was powdered sugar and water. I am very disappointed with this recipe. My nice was very excited to try something NEW and unfortunately ended up with an old family recipe...."

*Glow* User ID: 5794769 148487
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"Very good frosting. Sweetness is not overpowering. I tried it on sugar cookies but I think it will perfect on cupcakes. Definitely staying in my recipe box"

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