Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This is the basic recipe for buttercream that I use. You can use it as is, or add colours or go wild. This is luxuriously soft and gorgeous. This recipe makes enough for about 18 cupcakes, or for icing a 9 inch cake.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Cream butter until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
  • Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.
  • Makes about 2 cups frosting.

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