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Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This basic buttercream frosting has unmatchable homemade taste. With a few simple variations, you can come up with different colors and flavors. —Diana Wilson, Denver, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Yield: About 3 cups.

Recipe Note


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.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • When beating your softened butter, wait until it's pale yellow and creamy before adding sugar.
  • For super fluffy frosting, beat a few extra minutes to incorporate a bit more air.
  • Save time: This frosting can be made ahead and refrigerated. Just bring it to room temperature and beat again before using.
  • Nutritional Facts

    2 tablespoons: 124 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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    slye10001000 User ID: 5787172 267351
    Reviewed May. 26, 2017

    "This is the best frosting and the only one I use!"

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    gkprodtoh1 User ID: 9165670 265843
    Reviewed May. 11, 2017

    "Very nice recipe"

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    volson User ID: 3322527 259224
    Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

    "This is the best frosting ever! I make the chocolate, but usually substitute a couple of tablespoons of coffee in addition to the milk.

    My granddaughters love it on a Devils Food Layer cake. Thank you for the recipe."

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    angela32 User ID: 3084463 254422
    Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

    "easy recipe for a great frosting! I like to add almond extract too. Yummy!"

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    Freetobejenn User ID: 8931114 253925
    Reviewed Sep. 10, 2016

    "I used only the 1stick of butter stated, four cups of powdered sugar,1 tablespoon of vanilla, and half & half to get to the proper consistency I needed. Delicious!"

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    clodermeier User ID: 8885397 249920
    Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

    "This is my go-to frosting for cakes and cupcakes... it tastes amazing! The only thing is that sometimes the powdered sugar leaves little clumps, but a little high-power mixing can usually solve that. I love all the variations of this frosting as well."

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    Lheneryf User ID: 8813168 245848
    Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

    "Great recipe went well on the cake I made and was delicious easy to make as well"

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    oldpueblocolo User ID: 8628963 244553
    Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

    "Love the ease of this recipe. I made the chocolate version with a yellow cake and it was delicious. During Lent I make a lot of cakes and I will use this re pie because it comes out perfectly. Next week will try either lemon or orange version."

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    Ham_Sammich User ID: 8473184 242207
    Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

    "I used the called for butter and vanilla in the recipe, and then added a tablespoon of milk and one cup of powdered sugar at a time until I reached my desired consistency. All in all, I probably used 3.5 cups of powdered sugar and 3-4 tbsps of milk, but I achieved the delicious buttery taste and consistency I wanted... and for my first time making buttercream frosting, I was highly impressed!"

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    slocook805 User ID: 7734059 240655
    Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

    "1/2 cup of butter is not enough for good creamy buttercream frosting that calls for 4.5 cups of powdered sugar. To 4.5 cups of powdered sugar I use 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter, yes it's OK to do that, it's called buttercream for a reason. I think that like fudge buttercream frosting is affected by humidity in the air and when using powdered sugar a little liquid goes a long way. I always start out by mixing together the butter and powdered sugar till it's as mixed as it can get and then the milk, I use half and half with the liquid flavoring added to it. With liquid every drop counts so I start with less liquid then called for and then go from there til I get the consistency I want, I have noticed that over the last year or so this site has revamped recipes and seems to dwell on 2% milk instead of the 96% lean (4%) milk which I always have a gallon of in my fridge along with a container of half and half and heavy cream. There is no low fat or non-fat any kind of dairy in our house and we're healthy. I gave this recipe 3 stars because it really doesn't have enough butter. You can't put health before flavor, texture and comfort factor. I know some might disagree or cringe but we're talking dessert here."

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    dublinlab User ID: 1682119 240652
    Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

    "Always an easy recipe to fall back on in a hurry, simple and tasty."

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    bameiboo User ID: 2470958 238193
    Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

    "My hubby and I need a sweet treat after leaving the Thanksgiving pies at his sons house after tonight dinner. Plus neither were gluten free which I need. This was very easy to make. Sift your sugar, that could be why your frosting was grainy. Ours was smooth and creamy and yes sweet. I did add a tablespoon more of vanilla as my hubby and I both thought it needed it. I will admit I liked the flavor of my first taste which was all the butter and a third of the sugar! I used my babycakes 3 in 1 cooker to make mini cupcakes. They are cooling then we will be using this sweet frosting to top them! I can't wait too try more flavors!"

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    lurky27 User ID: 1251896 237482
    Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

    "The best!

    - Theresa"

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    ImaniD User ID: 8564110 234272
    Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

    "My 9 yr old daughter loves it. We did use 4.5 cups of sugar. We didnt understand. Lesson learned. Thanks it was sumple and tasty."

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    Kratliff123 User ID: 8551138 233612
    Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

    "This was terrible. So runny! Not happy at all. It should say teaspoons."

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    pointrichter User ID: 7252804 231501
    Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

    "This is delicious!"

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    brendasnider User ID: 8475284 231305
    Reviewed Aug. 16, 2015

    "Thanks for sharing this recipe I like that you gave so many ways to make different kinds."

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    micahzmommy User ID: 8476832 230896
    Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

    "Very simple recipe with good flavor. It is important to note that the recipe means 4- half cups, as in just 2 cups, not 4 &1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar. I think the person who provided this recipe wrote it the way they did because it is easier to beat in the sugar if you do it just a half cup at a time. Any more than 2 &1/2 cups is going to be far too sweet. I'd also like to add that sometimes I put 4 oz of softened cream cheese in the mix for a slightly different taste."

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    sesportsmom17 User ID: 8262695 228204
    Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

    "Very easy to make and turned out great!!!"

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    bestmamaever14 User ID: 8018664 227297
    Reviewed Jun. 1, 2015

    "Recipe is great!! I couldnt help myself to add 12 oz cream cheese in addition to the rest of the recipe as listed. It helped calm down the sweetness."

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    Fatoush28 User ID: 8375978 226356
    Reviewed May. 15, 2015

    "I felt it as my duty to make this review and let everyone know this is EXTREMELY sweet. I have a sweet tooth and even for me this was way too overboard. I really wanted to throw it all away but I couldn't because I was having my dinner party coming in an hour and had no more defrosted butter to create a new batch. The taste was really good, but too sweet to consume more than a spoonful. And as other reviews mentioned, you know it is too sugary when the texture is really grainy and not soft and airy like most buttercream. My recommendation is to cut the sugar to 3cp, 3 1/2 cp max."

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    Michaelj44 User ID: 8337954 224924
    Reviewed Apr. 16, 2015

    "It is quick but the result is grainy. It lacks that smooth, silky texture that a buttercream icing should have. Certainly good enough for a kids cake, or lunch box cup cakes."

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    pattykuwona User ID: 8337852 224920
    Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

    "It is absolutely 4.5 cups. Seems like a lot of sugar compared with the amount of butter. Most recipes for this frosting call for at least 1 cup of butter."

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    annieh55443 User ID: 8319005 224092
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

    "It doesn't call for 4.5 cups. It's 4, one half cups. Or as most people would say, 2 cups. Once I realized why it was so sweet I added more butter and was able to salvage it!"

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    Candon User ID: 6763924 223932
    Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

    "Perfect."

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    Termite72 User ID: 8293786 222877
    Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

    "I decorated two tone brownies with the chocolate and the almond variations. Very good!!! We all enjoyed them very much, and the strawberries we garnished them with tasted great with it! Very quick and easy too."

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    soccerace User ID: 8227451 218700
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

    "Far, far too sweet. Even adding some salt in with the milk was unable to cut the sweetness. I definitely have a sweet tooth, but couldn't even stomach a spoonful of it, and I didn't even add all 4.5C confectioner's sugar."

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    sherrileighs User ID: 8216017 218034
    Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

    "This was simple and tasted great, the best one I have come across"

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    Cocoa11 User ID: 8211950 217822
    Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

    "Awesome! Absolutely perfect for cupcakes."

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    Highmtn52 User ID: 395621 216270
    Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

    "Love versatility!! Thanks"

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    seasons01 User ID: 7880121 216099
    Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

    "Very easy to work with... added cocoa also for chocolate buttercream."

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    Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 215985
    Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

    "This is the recipe I always use for buttercream. I add cocoa for chocolate buttercream."

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    hm220 User ID: 8178500 215688
    Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

    "I have tried many versions of this frosting and this is by far the best I have had."

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    Bethsgirls User ID: 7966664 215272
    Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

    "Tasted chalky and just like confectioners sugar - not creamy at all."

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    doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 155546
    Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

    "I made both the Vanilla and the chocolate versions. I found the Vanilla a bit too sweet, but the chocolate was just right. Both versions were enthusiastically approved by my Thanksgiving guests."

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    keikoasmom User ID: 986867 76639
    Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

    "My favorite frosting. I use this recipe but flavor with lemon, using lemon juice instead of the milk, and omitting the vanilla. My grandkid's favorite!

    MY favorite is almond flavoring."

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    dolfinchic1980 User ID: 8079742 207473
    Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

    "Some recipe calls for unsalted butter is that what to use for this or regular butter"

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    angmclanc User ID: 3282588 134800
    Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

    "Keeping this one on hand for all my cakes. My daughter made it with coffee extract for chocolate cupcakes and it was out of this world"

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    lora52 User ID: 8016231 207472
    Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

    "Loved it, thank you"

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    rhawk55 User ID: 6930804 104870
    Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

    "If you devolve about 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the milk or water when making icing it will cut the sweetness."

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    lshaff7 User ID: 8034885 134199
    Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

    "I chose to make the peanut butter flavor and used 7 Tbsps of 1% milk and only 3 cups of sugar and that was too sugary for me. I think next time, I will use a bit more peanut butter and 2 cups of sugar. Overall, it was very yummy"

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    myspencer1 User ID: 1848675 159891
    Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

    "Ever notice how the 5 star ratings always start out great recipe or so easy, yet they change a half dozen of the steps?"

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    mel0n User ID: 7884697 155828
    Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

    "I liked it. I made the original vanilla flavor. It was a nice texture for cake frosting. I also used it for piping decorations. I wish it were not so sweet, but I suppose excessively sweet is a given with buttercream."

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    WaffleCat User ID: 7949479 151700
    Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

    "This recipe is AMAZING!! But i did make a few adjustments so ill write out the recipe i used.

    Instead of 4 1/2 cups of sugar i used 2 cups. And i only used 2 tablespoons of milk. I also used ,instead of vinllia, i used raspberry flavor and it tuned out great. I hope this review was useful! :)"

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    Cambron User ID: 7935536 136658
    Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

    "I followed the instructions, but my icing came out liquidy and runny! It did, however, taste Delicious. I only used 5 tablespoons of milk."

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    synthyarose User ID: 2952902 155536
    Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

    "I found this very simple, just what I wanted, simple. I used the 4 cups of sugar, plus added Hershey's unsweetened cocoa and the special dark cocoa, just added to taste. I also made my own powered sugar with my nutra-bullet because i didn't have any powered sugar. Not bad at all, sweet though. I then made my version of Reese's, added peanut butter to some of the frosting and made chocolate peanut butter frosting. Not bad."

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    conshanty User ID: 435252 104859
    Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

    "To those who found the frosting to be gritty, make sure to use pure cane sugar. Many cheaper/store brands are beet sugar, which always produces a gritty frosting for me."

    MY REVIEW
    Kori122 User ID: 7811161 75690
    Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

    "Looking for a good recipe and i found it"

    MY REVIEW
    mahbar User ID: 7884462 104857
    Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

    "Perfect"

    MY REVIEW
    VernitaStevens User ID: 7864022 84360
    Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

    "Yes, this an easy and quick frosting. However, I found it very sweet!"

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    Tator3985 User ID: 7880507 61523
    Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

    "Very good"

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    JGCM User ID: 7881041 134197
    Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

    "This recipe is so simple and delicious! I did have to add more milk for easier spreading. I made it with the cocoa and put almond extract instead of vanilla. Extra yummy!!"

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    LadyMerlin User ID: 7246803 84332
    Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

    "Eh, it's a bit too sweet for my taste, but that's pretty much a given with vanilla frosting. Onward with my search for a less sweet one!"

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    latoya25nat User ID: 7832428 159890
    Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

    "this was excellent!!!! Me and my children just made this recipe it is The best. It tastes way better than the store. I did the recipe a little different I use one whole stick of butter 3 cups of sugar about 8 teaspoons or nine teaspoons of milk and 2 splashes of vanilla extract and 2 dashes of salt. This was so great. I will be putting this on jumbo strawberry cupcakes. Thank you so much for the recipe. I really love it."

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    CupcakeGurl1107 User ID: 7792806 159888
    Reviewed May. 6, 2014

    "I don't know why people think this came out dry I work at a bakery and make this every day it never comes out dry. A tip i would reccomend to unexperienced bakers is to listen to the instructions VERY carefully if you mix up the order of adding the ingrediants you could make it dry."

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    SmithHouse User ID: 7766640 155827
    Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

    "Love this recipe........ Made some double chocolate cupcakes and used this recipe but added some raspberry extract. They turned out amazing, my first time making frosting :) super simple and fast."

    MY REVIEW
    Dioptase User ID: 1776920 151697
    Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

    "For those that rate this as a "bad" recipe probably have not had a lot of practice with frosting. It's a technique, like anything else. I use this basic base of ingredients and make wonderful frostings. Too stiff? add a little milk? too thin, add some sugar. Pretty simple. You do need to beat this with an electric mixer to get the creamy texture you desire."

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    Snowboardchic User ID: 7756994 61522
    Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

    "This is so great! I made a homemade yellow cake with chopped up strawberries mixed in. This icing is perfect for my new take on a strawberry shortcake!! I love it."

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    I_love_baking User ID: 7745273 68132
    Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

    "TASTE SO GOOD! Came out perfect, I just added like half a tablespoon of extra milk. I am putting my icing on homemade cupcakes I made!"

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    Tarab002 User ID: 7548077 150066
    Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

    "I'm delighted with so many recipes to choose from. I love the homemade frostings because from one basic recipe you can make different flavors just by changing one or two ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing them with us."

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    bmale411 User ID: 7701503 104856
    Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

    "This is officially the worst frosting recipe I have ever used! First it comes out all powdery so I had to add an extra cup and a half of milk! Then no matter how much I mixed it, it was still all gritty! So "what an amazing recipe"? I don't think so!"

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    suez64 User ID: 6671924 207471
    Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

    "I thought it was very good..I am going to try "fhquilting" idea next time! I took down her notes! To buttercreamhater, what??? your crazy because its good! I added a little lemon juice..I want to learn how to make my own icing! next my own cake mix!"

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    ButtercreamHater666 User ID: 7564752 155534
    Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

    "this sux. it was literally powder. you might want to change the recipe name to "bread loaf" because it was literally dough. thanks for nothing. i have lost respect for this website."

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    fhquilting User ID: 2569371 134196
    Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

    "I learned to make this frosting when I was a girl and I am 74! This is not a new idea and is lacking just a few tricks to make it even more wonderful: Use 1/2 C of softened butter (no margarine) and a 1/4 C or so of shortening. Add box of powdered sugar, and 1 tsp of salt and vanilla. Put all of this in your small mixer bowl. Add 3-4 Tbsp. of milk and beat the mixture. If you need more milk, add it very carefully . I beat the frosting on high for 10 min or so to beat as much air into it as possible and make it very light and fluffy. It does not need to be refrigerated! This is the best frosting ever! If you use it on a whie cake, after frosting it, cover with coconut and press it in with your hand. People will worship at your feet."

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    BubblyDee User ID: 7554114 65946
    Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

    "I modified the recipe slightly. I didn't want to use soo much sugar, and knew that if I didn't, it would be really soft. So, I ended up using about 2 1/2 cups of sugar and added 4 - 6 ounces of cream cheese. The thickness of the cream cheese added to the consistency nicely, and maintained the sweetness. I also put it in the fridge for about an hour.

    My family LOVES this, and it will be a keeper for sure!"

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    carriecallaway4 User ID: 7463180 151694
    Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

    "Am I the only one who makes icing just to eat it? Anyway this icing was really sweet, but the texture was good, and I will definitely use it again when I'm baking a cake to go with it!"

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    Crysiiboo User ID: 7364882 159887
    Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

    "Warning, if you don't like real sweet frosting this isn't for you! But this was extremely easy to make! It was easy to spread over the cake the top of the cake didn't peel off like usual. I put it in the fridge to harden up some and it's good! All my family loves it and made me save the recipe."

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    Crysiiboo User ID: 7364882 136657
    Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

    "Veryyyyy sweet! Nice and fluffy and easily spreadable though. It's nice. I'm probably going to make this again unless I find a better one."

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    Amazingrace55 User ID: 7349845 136655
    Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

    "I used only 4 cups of the sugar and added 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice and lime zest. Nice tangy flavor. Spread easily and didn't run - even on a hot humid day. Everyone loved it :)"

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    Carescupcakes User ID: 7325481 151678
    Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

    "This recipe was so easy. I also found it a little runny,but I made the frosting before the cake. I put it in the fridge while the cake was cooking & cooling. The frosting now how the Consistency of regular frosting! I also put a package of Strawberry jello in the butter when mixing! It was yummy!!"

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    Carescupcakes User ID: 7325481 207470
    Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

    "This was a super easy. I found it a little runny BUT I made this before the cake and put it in the fridge until the cake was cooked and cooled. Now the frosting is the Consistency of regular Frosting!!!! I also added some Strawberry jello powder in the butter. Gave it a yummy flavor!!!!"

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    nicolejade User ID: 7313166 65913
    Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

    "Love this recipe for buttercream frosting! I would caution you on the listed modifications (chocolate, almond, peanut butter) I've done chocolate and peanut butter as directed, and I've had to make some adjustments to make it work"

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    mariabz User ID: 6772597 207469
    Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

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    AuntAudrdey User ID: 7303772 155511
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

    "My family loves this."

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    BoxedIn_Cupcakery User ID: 7211247 155509
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

    "This recipe was amazing! My cupcakes were the talk of the month!"

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    billieboy57 User ID: 6639952 84329
    Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

    "This was good, next time I'll cut butter down to 1/4 cup. I used heavy cream, tad bit of carol syrup (keeps it from cracking)."

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    billsbunch User ID: 2644601 155507
    Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

    "My family has used this on the Miracle Whip cake since Moses wore diapers. Be sure to add a pinch of salt to the frosting to cut the sweetness. With the airy taste of the Miracle Whip cake, so, so, yummy. My 26 year old son just asked for this as his birthday cake."

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    MissedMe User ID: 6875034 207468
    Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

    "Very good and easy to make. Incredibly sweet though. Will definitely try adding a touch of salt next time to tone down the sweetness. I only used 4 cups of sugar instead of 4 1/2 cups and I used evaporated milk."

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    JaneVX User ID: 5996283 65910
    Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

    "This is the same frosting my mom always made. It's really good and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing it!"

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    MissCrystal14 User ID: 1776295 136654
    Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

    "Icing was very good but I followed instructions and had not read all reviews first. I added 6 tablespoons of milk as instructed. Finished product was too thin and I was not able to decorate cupcakes as I had hoped. But overall icing was really good and was a hit and everyone ate them up!"

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    HSteacher User ID: 7042226 155826
    Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

    "As a busy mom of two and an English teacher with 200 students, I was looking for a quick and easy buttercream frosting recipe for my eggnog cupcakes I made for our annual staff cookie day at work. This was perfect. quick, easy, and easy to personalize. Instead of milk, I substituted the same amount of Captain Morgan spiced rum. Sooooo yummy. Perfect for the eggnog cupcakes, and just the right amount of alcohol for a frosting. I'm thinking about trying the rum frosting on my shortbread cookies...should be fantastic. Or maybe I'll try it with Bailey's Irish Cream..."

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    skit1130 User ID: 7013903 155505
    Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

    "I like the recipe but i changed it up a bit i used 10 tbs of milk to 5 cups of c. sugar. i thought the peanut butter recipe was to strong so i just added like 5 tbs of peanut butter to the original recipe came out great"

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    abbydo24 User ID: 6998106 207467
    Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

    "I haven't used this recipe yet. I was wondering if it is salted or unsalted butter?"

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    Daisybone User ID: 2879652 134194
    Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

    "This is essentially the buttercream recipe found in the Wilton cake decorating books, though this recipe has a bit more sugar and as a result is a bit too sweet. Consequently I have given this 4 stars instead of 5. I have been making this for decades to decorate cakes, though I use one pound of confectioners' sugar per 1/2 cup fat (3 3/4 cups sugar). Also, to get a pure white frosting use white Crisco and clear vanilla. Use sifted sugar for the best results, and alternately add sugar and flavoring/milk to the creamed fat. For good consistency I usually use 1 Tbsp liquid per cup of sugar, though this can vary due to weather/humidity conditions. Of note, on very warm and humid days a frosting made with butter can soften and slump - make it with Crisco and it won't do that even on the hottest, stickiest days (believe me, I've done outdoor weddings set up under tenting on humid, 95 degree days). When properly mixed, adding liquid to obtain the right consistency, you should never have to refrigerate this frosting in order to use it. I also suspect the first reviewer who had a "crunchy" frosting used granulated sugar instead of confectioners' sugar - if left out to the air this may get a crust but the frosting itself is never crunchy. Good basic frosting that is endlessly adaptable."

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    freak82 User ID: 3443832 159884
    Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

    "@Arisu i think you meant whether, not weather. there's a big difference."

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    tdpries1 User ID: 4701454 207466
    Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

    "This is the recipe I have used all my life (50+ years). It is the ONLY frosting I really like. Canned frosting never does develop the firmness I like. I don't know how it could ever be called "crunchy", the confectioners sugar dissolves as soon as it is touched by the milk. It never needs to be refrigerated, if it is too thin, then you added too much milk. I always add the milk by the teaspoonful after the first couple of Tablespoons, it thins down fast. I use margarine and if it is in sticks that are hard from the fridge I just melt it in the microwave and mix in a couple Tbl. of the milk and flavoring, then add the powdered sugar. I find that easier to mix than to cream the butter. I can't believe that this totally basic, ancient frosting is actually a top recipe."

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    jwasson User ID: 4886362 68130
    Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

    "Very good icing!"

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    whitecollar18jb User ID: 6899813 65909
    Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

    "I am going to make this later today and I want to know how long I should put the frosting in the refrigerator for?"

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    romero-soucy12 User ID: 6888704 61521
    Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

    "by far the easiest recipe ever &&& dont use regular sugar use powdered sugar.!"

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    Arisu User ID: 6885412 151676
    Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

    "This frosting does not match my taste. It's very sweet. I always wondered weather or not I would like Buttercream frosting, but I don't. I like a frosting that is moderately sweet and thin. That's almost the complete opposite of this. If your a fan of Buttercream, I'm sure you'll love this."

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    Suthernmama User ID: 6812046 75689
    Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

    "This is definitely a keeper! Made it with chocolate cupcakes and it was amazing! Thanks for this one, my kids loved it."

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    Dani-Pop User ID: 6673627 207465
    Reviewed May. 11, 2012

    "I know why it was crunchy for the first reviewer!! She put all of the sugar in at once or she didn't mix it very well when she put it in separately!! You have to add the sugar little by little!!!"

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    inspiremecreative User ID: 6664814 134651
    Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

    "Also very good when substituting sour cream for milk! Delicious!"

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    euge1 User ID: 3773156 207464
    Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

    "i used half cup of peanut butter some maple syrop with the vanilla and 1 cup of icing sugar and a bit of milk ...peanut butter was just peanuts peanut butter"

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    miriamhyde54 User ID: 6621676 68128
    Reviewed Mar. 31, 2012

    "As a complete novice...and I do mean NOVICE...I wasn't aware that I should have refrigerated the frosting before applying it. It was a liquidy mess, but worked out fine and tasted great after refrigeration. Are there any substitutes for confectionary sugar? Considering the amount...the calories..."

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    blbrown User ID: 3185720 104834
    Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

    "Can also start with one 8 oz. brick of Cream Cheese then add the rest of these ingredients"

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    azburns98 User ID: 2866962 207463
    Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

    "This was my standby recipe until I discovered the difference Evaporated milk makes. Much richer and creamier. 1/4 cup will do it!"

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    supersportgirl User ID: 4980393 76637
    Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

    "This is my go to frostingI love it! I use about half the amount of milk though for cupcakes...it makes it easier to work with and set when i'm piping."

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    jigglypuffcaitlin User ID: 2386688 104829
    Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

    "I prefer it a little less sweet, so I just use 3 or 3.5 cups of powdered sugar. I also add a good pinch of salt. It's easy to make it vegan, too. Just use non-dairy margarine and soy milk instead of butter and regular milk."

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    sue311 User ID: 2068611 207462
    Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

    "I have a recipe similar to this that I have been making for about 40 years. It has the addition of a few shakes of salt. It seems to tone down the sweetness."

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    kayco923 User ID: 1748021 76635
    Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

    "I use this recipe often, but instead of 2% milk, I use evaporated milk. this makes it even creamier."

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    Julie Hubert User ID: 3353142 84326
    Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

    "Perfect! The vanilla and the orange versions are so good! I want to try all the other ones."

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    carolbader User ID: 3273337 159882
    Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

    "Love it! great taste and easy to make! Will try the chocolate one next!"

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    Ctink8189 User ID: 6453314 134192
    Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

    "Just tried a practice run of this recipe last night because I plan on using it for my daughter's birthday cake. It was very good but HOLY COW it was so sweet it blew my mind lol Any ideas on how to tone the sweetness down just a little? I am a baking rookie and I am afraid to try any changes on my own lol Any help on this would be appreciated"

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    helloduckie User ID: 6452800 136653
    Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

    "Can we say amazing? I'm not the type who wants a strong frosting/icing and this is going in the book. It's smooth and the perfect complement to a chocolate cake."

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    BlueEyes76 User ID: 6413728 75686
    Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

    "GREAT recipe! I used the food coloring gel instead of the liquid so there was no watering down. My Christmas cookies are delish!"

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    lilqueeny User ID: 6376423 76634
    Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

    "This frosting is soooo good! I wanted to find a frosting for a tonka truck cake that I was making and I tell ya, this was the one! Thank you for sharing your recipe we really enjoyed it :)"

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    eitsim User ID: 3851210 84325
    Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

    "This is a really simple recipe with a nice flavor. It is the easiest buttercream frosting I've found and one of the best tasting. easy to decorate with."

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    lachef1103 User ID: 1603735 61520
    Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

    "This is a very simple, straightforward recipe for frosting. Please dont give poor rates when you dont bother to read the recipe. It states clearly Confectioners sugar, so why would anyone use regular sugar? Who knows... MAke it right then rate!"

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    Haman User ID: 337932 84302
    Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

    "I needed to make a quick birthday cake so had to use a cake mix, but wanted a frosting that was home made. This Butter Cream Frosting was just what the cake needed. So easy and I like the different varriations of it. My daughter asked me for the recipe."

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    izlilumom1 User ID: 3440891 155825
    Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

    "Did you use confectioner's (powdered) sugar or regular sugar? 'crunchy' happens to me all the time with regular sugar..."

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    Kathyg44 User ID: 6177212 84280
    Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

    "Thank you for a delicious basic frosting recipe. I felt that the amounts shown would make too much frosting, so I used 1/2 c I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 cups Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa, and 2T milk. It turned out great and was more than enough to frost 36 cupcakes!"

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    pcortez User ID: 5084124 151675
    Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

    "If you want a richer, more confectionary flavor use evaporated milk in place of regular milk."

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    jlbarhorst User ID: 1077341 65872
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

    "I love this frosting. Use it for the base on my decorated cakes but use a different frosting for decorating. The two frostings really complement each other."

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    SonnyBunny User ID: 4077830 84279
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

    "@Destrena - you said "crunchy" - maybe you used granulated sugar instead of Powdered sugar?"

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    gail0925 User ID: 5048650 134612
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

    "This is the frosting my mother taught me to make! I'm thinking if you want to decorate, you make it thicker--esp. if you add food coloring; use less milk or more p. sugar.

    @Destrena--you didn't melt the butter, did you? It's just softened at room temp. And always add milk slowly, no matter what amount a recipe gives--you want to add a little, mix, check texture until you get the consistency you want. And you used powdered sugar, right?"

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    annescookies User ID: 2450213 65846
    Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

    "I've been using this recipe for years and it has never let me down. It's delicious!"

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    supersportgirl User ID: 4980393 84278
    Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

    "Buttercream frosting is my go to frosting. It's so easy and we love the taste! I never use that much milk though because I like it to be a thicker consistency (better for decorating). I usually end up using closer to 2 tablespoons of milk, than what this recipe calls for."

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    s_pants User ID: 174050 65843
    Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

    "Made the chocolate variation with a white layer cake. Very good flavor...not sure it be decorator-type frosting, though."

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    ssoria79936 User ID: 6054242 207461
    Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

    "This recipe saved my hide! I was going to make a cake and forgot to buy frosting, I quickly looked up this recipe and found all the ingredients at home! Soooo easy and tasty!"

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    jeny_ftb User ID: 6049868 150064
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

    "This recipe is FANTASTIC! Smooth, creamy, delicious! I added a few drops of food coloring. To the previous reviewer, did you use confectioner's sugar or granulated sugar... I used confectioner's (powdered) and it was not crunchy."

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    SheilaRenee User ID: 6049287 65842
    Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

    "Really easy to make just think I will double recipe next time. Has a good taste."

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    Destrena User ID: 5863097 150063
    Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

    "Nice and easy to make and it is tasty. I couldn't get it to work for me though. No matter what I tried it was crunchy (sugar would not fully dissolve) Get it the right thickness for frosting it was crunchy and get it so it's almost watery and it was crunchy. If anyone would have any tips to fix this I would love to hear them."

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    chocoloco User ID: 1876593 150053
    Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

    "I have yet to find a frosting recipe that beats can frosting : ("

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    SherryKent07 User ID: 4027312 207460
    Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

    "Far too sweet and too much vanilla. Looking for a different recipe. This is not what I was hoping it would be."

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    tarynalicia User ID: 5743514 104827
    Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011

    "I did not find this frosting fluffy at all. After I made it, it got stiff very easily and was hard to spread over the cake."

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    katieloydd User ID: 5826580 84266
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

    "delicious recipe, better than store bought icing anyday! very easy would make again and again."

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    lovzladybugz User ID: 5784761 104825
    Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

    "Very easy.. But i would modify it as well.. Prob a little less milk..it was a little runny with 6 tablespoon. I added food coloring which the kids loved."

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    memawrox User ID: 5634622 159863
    Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

    "This was very quick and easy to make. It was pretty sweet, so I will modify it a little next time. It was a hit with the family and I will probably make this from now on instead of buying the already made from the store. Thanks for sharing the recipe."

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    paige819 User ID: 4701917 75684
    Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

    "this buttercream recipe is fantastic!!"

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    kateckla User ID: 3847518 159856
    Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

    "Very easy. Used 2 tsp vanilla and whipped it on high speed with my stand mixer. Made a very fluffy frosting."

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    lgearley User ID: 4495571 207459
    Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

    "easy and definitely better than store bought"

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    suzannes User ID: 4065313 134125
    Reviewed Apr. 11, 2009

    "It was okay."

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    suzannes User ID: 4065313 61518
    Reviewed Apr. 11, 2009

    "It was okay."

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