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.
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 !!!
Apr 13, 2019
Used this for cut-out cookies....PERFECT! Will be my go-to frosting recipe. Only thing I did slightly different was 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Thanks for the recipe!
Apr 1, 2019
I used this recipe to frost gingerbread men for Christmas a few years ago and they were a hit! Easy to make!!
Mar 4, 2019
I don’t know what the last two comments were talking about but hands down easy and came out perfect!!! I did a banana cake with banana butter cream frosting!!! Awesome!!!! Thanks for this follow the directions to a T and add more milk for smoother cream just don’t overdue it!! Little at a time !!!!
Jan 4, 2019
This recipe came out in a very liquid form instead of they it should have been and it had a crunchiness to it, but it could have been the fact that the recipe says 4 1/2 cups of sugar I can absolutely sure that that is not correct and it ruined my sisters homemade surprise birthday cupcakes.
Sep 29, 2018
WORST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You ruined my cake!!!!! I want to know how I get the $50 I spent on all my ingredients back! The most liquid "frosting" I have ever heard of. I had to double the sugar AND add corn starch and it was still complete liquid!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR PERSONALLY RUINING MY DAUGHTERS BIRTHDAY! I HOPE YOU GET WHAT YOU DERSRVE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 20, 2018
This is my go-to basic frosting. I always add just a bit of salt (a generous pinch), which brings out the buttery flavor nicely and helps offset the sweetness just a bit. So easy and so much better than a store-bought frosting!
Mar 24, 2018
This recipe is perfect in taste and texture. To give you an idea of quantity, I made two batches that was just enough to frost a 3-layer cake, using 9-inch rounds. Truthfully one more batch would have been better.