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, 0g fiber), 0g 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 250288
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

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

kedenv 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 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 231684
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2015

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

- Theresa"

debpenns 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 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 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 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 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* 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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