TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 80 servings


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 61 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until thickened and opaque. Cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in cornstarch mixture. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat until frosting is light and fluffy. Yield: 5 cups.
Almond Frosting: Decrease vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon; add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Proceed as directed. Chocolate Frosting: Decrease confectioners’ sugar to 3-1/4 cups; add 1/4 cup baking cocoa. Sift ingredients together before adding to butter mixture. Proceed as directed.
Originally published as Silky Creamy Frosting in Taste of Home Baking Book 2011, p156

Sweet White Wine

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

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