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Vanilla Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Frosting Recipe

Why settle for store-bought frosting when this four-ingredient recipe is so easy to make? The homemade taste just can't be beat. —Mary Faulk, Cambridge, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min. YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. Combine sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Spread over cake or cupcakes. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 1 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 tablespoon) equals 72 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

Reviews for Vanilla Frosting

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016

"What a terrible recipe, such a mess."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"Sounds good and easy"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"Great base recipe, but like others said, the powdered sugar flavor is WAY too strong. I added more vanilla, about twice the recommended amount. I also added much more butter, about 4tbspns. Those two things really helped scale back the overpowering sugar taste, and made it a great frosting. With those changes, it's now my go-to frosting and I've gotten loads of compliments."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"It was my first time making actual homemade frosting, and it was really good for a start."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"it turned out like a sugary glob!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015

"The recipe is right. Except one major part. Do not dump it in all at once. Slowly add the sugar about 1/2-1 cup at a time. Every other time add a drizzle of milk or flavored creamer a small drizzle at time. Add the vanilla on the last beat. This helps incorporate the sugar so you don't have a mouth full of confectioners sugar. Iv bee making frosting for years and I have found this way to be time consuming but so worth it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"we didnt have enough regular sugar so we added maple sugar best mistake ever :D"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Easy to make but tasted way too much of confectioners sugar. Not something I would use again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Nice n easy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"Very easy to make , works great if you need a white palate to decorate on. I add a little more vanilla just because I like it. Love it on cupcakes!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"very good frosting but the powdered sugar is a dominating taste to the vanilla but overall very good, if it is to thick try putting two more tablespoons of milk in and it should loosen um"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I made this recipe last night and it turned out delicious. I read some previous reviews and added 1 tablespoon of vanilla to a double batch. I will definitely be making this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"Although mine tasted a bit like confectioners sugar, and I don't own a mixer (yet), this is very nice. I added extra vanilla for more flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"This is amazing. I used 1/2 s tablespoon of vanilla though. Added a stronger flavour. Otherwise this is one of the best recipes I've ran into. Than you for sharing! :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"Oh my GOSH! This frosting is the bomb dot com! Can't wait to use it on my mom's birthday cake!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"This tastes like pure sugar, I can't imagine covering a cake with it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"why the heck would you put icing on BREAD !?!?!?!?!?!?!!?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2014

"Perfect with the pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes I made!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"This was so easy, and just enough to frost my fabulous banana cake!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"This is very delicious"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"For those that had problems with this recipe. When you are adding powdered sugar to any recipe (even flour) you should add slowly only adding more when it is incorporated. Add only part of the milk with each addition of sugar. If it gets too thick add more milk at a rate of 1/8 teaspoon at a time. If you need thicker icing/frosting for decoration then make the mixture thicker. This is a basic recipe for more buttercream icing/frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"I totaly screwed up the megerments and it still worked!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"It's great for the family cakes and cupcakes"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"this tasted really good just right amount of everything"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"This was quick to make and very delicious! absolutely love this and so does my family!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"Better than store."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"This is excellent frosting, and easy to make.Glad to see i'm not the only one who makes my own...it also works great with graham crackers..spread a bit between two graham crackers,pop them in the freezer..makes a quick easy snack!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"It was pretty runny."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"I was so excited to find a recipe that didn't call for so much butter! I doubled the recipe and used the frosting on my cupcakes. It's easy to make, which is great. BUT! The frosting hardened overnight. It's still edible and it's not crunchy when you bite into it, but I would hate for other people to be turned off from my cupcakes because of the sight of the frosting. I stuck handmade chocolate snowflakes on top of the cupcake, so the plus side is that it kept everything in place!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"Do not let a discouraging comment keep you from trying a new recipe because you will miss out! I followed the recipe exactly and it was thick. Here is what I done to make it better. I used: *16oz (1 LB) 10X Powered Sugar * 5 tablespoons butter *3 tablespoons and 1/2 tsp milk * 1/2 teaspoon another 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract because the original is just to thick to even spread across the cake. It's a very excellent recipe I love it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"this tasted good but the consistency wasnt great. to keep adding sugar would have ruined flavor. good for baking nite with the kids but not if u want to hold firm."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"add 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick) and then the recipe is perfect. i put it in the freezer for about 5-10 mins so it thickens and then beat it on high for 1 min"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2012

"This frosting turned out looking and tasting like cat puke. it was so thin that you could easily mistake it for a drink. In fact, when trying to dispose of it, we couldn"t figure out whether to throw it in the trash or rinse it down the sink. I would not recommend this recipe, I am a very experienced baker and followed the directions correctly but it turned out to be a waste of ingredients."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"First time making icing. Very easy and yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"Basically this the buttercream frosting that my mother taught me 50 years ago and it is still my families favorite."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"Add a little more butter-more calories, yes, but less sweet and even creamier."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"Came out great :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"My children wanted cupcakes late at night. I whipped this up, literally, in 5 minutes! yummmy!!! 3 kids thumbs up!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"Very good,loved it just made strawberry cupcakes!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"added cinnamon and a tad of almond extract. tasted wondreful"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"Very easy recipe! A little sweet but good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"awesome!Absolutely love it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"The best."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"This recipe is amazing! Quick , easy, and delicious... I will definetly be using this recipe again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"I love it!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"Put this icing on birthday cupcakes and everyone wanted the recipe. It is really nice for piping or spreading!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"Please tell me - once frosted with this, does cake need to be refrigerated???

I am always confused about this when using milk and butter."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"Used on a funfetti cake - it tasted great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"Needed to make a quick and easy icing for a cake I was taking to church and didn't want to run to the store and buy a store bought icing. I had all the ingredients on hand and it was so easy to prepare."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"Great frosting, easy to make and enjoyed by all!!!! Used this recipe with a last minute batch of cupcakes for guests and everyone loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2009

"This is an easy to make good frosting. I just used the frosting for cookies. Worked great! I needed to make to batches for the amount of cookies I had and will use this one again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2009

"This is the perfect vanilla frosting! Thanks for the receipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2008 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"This sure beats canned frosting!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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