Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 10 min.
MakesAbout 3 cups
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk
- In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency.
Change up the flavor. Prepare the recipe as directed making the following substitutions:
Almond: Add 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon almond extract instead of the vanilla.
Chocolate: Use 4 cups confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup baking cocoa and 6-7 tablespoons milk.
Lemon: Use 5-6 tablespoons lemon juice instead of the milk and 1 teaspoon grated peel.
Orange: Use 5-6 tablespoons orange juice instead of the milk and add 1 teaspoon grated orange peel.
Peanut Butter: Use 1/2 cup peanut butter instead of the butter and use 6-8 tablespoons milk.
Peppermint: Use 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract instead of the vanilla.
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Nutrition Facts2 tablespoons: 124 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
Apr 7, 2020
I tried making this at home and it didn't turn out exactly as I hoped. I made sure that the butter was not melted but softened (letting it sit at room temperature for some time) and used powdered sugar (which I assume is the same as confectioners sugar), and following all the instructions and steps in the video. I ended up with a butter cream that had small white chunks in it, something that I think a few of the one star reviews also ended up with. I'm not an experienced baker, so I was wondering what I may have done wrong? I assumed that I may not have beat the butter enough in the beginning, but I'm not sure. It tasted amazing, but I want to get that smooth buttercream texture.
Mar 22, 2020
I am by no means a professional baker, but this is the only recipe I use for buttercream. If you use salted butter it cuts the sweetness down, I’ve been told by numerous people that this icing is the best they’ve ever had. All the negative comments on here are outrageous, you either used too much water or didn’t use softened butter (probably melted) and there doesn’t need to be a clarification on confectioners sugar as across the board it is powdered sugar. There is also a thing called google to look things like that up, or in a pinch throw some granulated sugar in a processed.
Mar 1, 2020
Rachel Makayla Sophie Miko: this is how feedback is left: Yes, I made this too thin the first pass with 1/2 tablespoon more milk than needed. That made a wonderful icing. Did it right the second time and that made a wonderful frosting. See, wasn’t that easy and courteous?
Jan 21, 2020
I loved the recipe, but I'm stupid and forgot what confectioner's sugar is, so mine turned out really grainy. Maybe provide a little parentheses saying (powdered sugar)?
Jan 16, 2020
My first time making frosting and it came out perfect. Wish I could post the picture of it. Thanks a lot. ??
Nov 14, 2019
well it's quite apparent that Rachel Makayla Sophie Miko are the same person and a kid or all friends. The frosting is a good one obviously you did it wrong. Blame yourself.
Oct 5, 2019
This fricking sucks it was so liquid and graining it tasted horrible. This ruined my life because now all my friends think I suck at baking. THANKS FOR RUINING MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should be ashamed of yoursel!!!!!!
Jul 11, 2019
This was the worst frosting I have ever made. The average should be zero. I am only 15 so you can choose to believe me but if someone as young as me can see this blasphemy of a recipe then it is absolutely true. I have used many buttercream recipes and this takes the cake to a diabetic hell. So please do not use this.
Jun 19, 2019
Nice flavor and consistency. Looking forward po trying some of the variations.
Apr 15, 2019
Ive made this frosting many times its amazing !!!