- 1 cup butter, softened
- 8 cups confectioners' sugar
- 6 tablespoons 2% milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Food coloring, optional
- In a large bowl, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth (frosting will be thick). If desired, tint with food coloring. Yield: 5 cups.
Reviews forRich Buttercream Frosting
"This Taste of Home Volunteer Field editor is in love with this frosting recipe! It's a little hard to spread on a more delicate cake so I just added a little more milk. I'm very happy to have a large quantity to also taste...over and over again."
"I've been making this for years and it's always so good."
"I found this frosting to be too thick and too sweet. It does make a ton of frosting. I frosted 2 dozen cupcakes with it, and probably could have frosted another dozen easily. I 'll keep playing with the basic recipe to see if it can be evened out a bit."
"What a great frosting recipe! I add an additional tablespoon of milk to make the consistency a little softer, which I prefer. I've used it to frost both cupcakes and cut-out cookies and am so happy with the results!"
"A tried and true recipe. A good recipe like this, well it makes decorating your Christmas Cookies a breeze. Thanks Taste of Home. You are the Bomb!"
"This is a great recipe for basic buttercream. The flavor is perfectly sweet and the texture and consistency are great. It easily accepts extra liquid (water or milk) to make a smoother, more glazelike frosting. It also crusts nicely, making it easier to transport frosted cookies! I have used this recipe exclusively for my sugar cookie decorating since I found it and also for my daughters' birthday cakes. The original recipe yields quite a bit - plenty to generously frost at least 6 dozen cookies or a couple of 9x13 cakes."
"This is a poor mans recipe...my 6 siblings and I use to make this same tasting fronting with mom growing up for Christmas cookies....it was powdered sugar and water. I am very disappointed with this recipe. My nice was very excited to try something NEW and unfortunately ended up with an old family recipe...."
"Very good frosting. Sweetness is not overpowering. I tried it on sugar cookies but I think it will perfect on cupcakes. Definitely staying in my recipe box"