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Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk


  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter. Beat in sugar and vanilla. Add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 453 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 80g carbohydrate (75g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


Average Rating:

  • Jan 12, 2019
    The easiest and best buttercream frosting I have used. I added cocoa powder as directed it it turned out great. It is not overly sweet, so it was great on my chocolate caramel brownies.
  • ebramkamp
    Nov 30, 2018
    This is an easy and tasty buttercream with a nice consistency. I added a pinch of sea salt to counter some of the sweetness.
  • scott196004
    Jul 26, 2017

    Totally yummy. I put this in between graham crackers, then in the refrigerator to make a delectable sweet treat. I substitute almond extract. Gives it that nutty flavor.

  • pburgpiano
    May 18, 2015

    This is very easy to make and just delicious.

  • sazzlebury
    Apr 3, 2014

    This and similar frostings are good if you don't have a stand mixer, and don't feel the need to own one, because you don't have to beat them a lot. Plus the taste is decent enough, although it is a little on the sweet side.

  • ailika
    Dec 31, 1969

    You can add popcorn salt to cut down on the sweetness

  • TheSensibleMom
    Dec 31, 1969

    The four simple ingredients used in this recipe create a delicious buttercream frosting. I did sub in almond milk for the regular milk.

  • CookingUSA
    Dec 31, 1969

    Perhaps I should not have been surprised how much confectioners' sugar cake frosting uses, but I was. I was pleased with the recipe, though. I used the frosting on a pumpkin-spice cake, and they complimented each other. My dad pined that it tasted too sweet, probably because he rarely likes cake. I loved the taste, though--it certainly beats any store-bought frosting. Every cake lover will adore this frosting.

  • Mgarfield
    Jun 21, 2013

    I love how easy to it make...

  • Freshmeninthekitchen
    Sep 17, 2011

    I am new to baking, cooking, and, all the above... This is a simple, yet, wonderfully sweet recipe. I really really enjoyed it! I usually will only eat wiped cream frosting; now this will be added to the list of edible cupcake/cake frostings. As for how I prepared this frosting I cut the recipe in half; I only used 3 cups of confections' sugar. In addition, I only needed to use 1/3 cup milk. Hope this helps!

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