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Butter Frosting Recipe

Butter Frosting

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"Rich frosting, great on Banana Spice Cookies."

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Original recipe makes 5 cups Change Servings


  1. In a bowl beat butter or margarine until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of the confectioners' sugar, beating well.
  2. Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla. Slowly beat in remaining sugar. Beat in additional milk, if needed, to make of spreading consistency. Tint with food color, if desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 15, 2008

Great frosting. i used it on top of chocolate cupcakes and it was fantastic. I tinted all different colours and it mixed really well. It was a bit too stiff to work with so i put it in the microwave for 15 seconds and it was slightly more creamy. It holds its shape really well. So tasty!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 22, 2008

I halved the sugar in this recipe and all my family still said it was way too sweet. It was kind of grainy although I beat it very well.

Nov 08, 2003

I just tried this after finding out that I was out of shortening to make the buttercream frosting I usually use for cupcakes/sugar cookies. I am impressed! I used powdered (reconstituted) milk and it still turned out great. It set up quickly and spread wonderfully. I will use this instead of the other since I never really liked tasting the shortening anyway!

Nov 10, 2006

The frosting was tasty, though it was a bit too sweet so I added more butter and less sugar. It was also good with cocoa and melted chocolate.

Jan 10, 2011

Nice, basic and dependable butter cream frosting, but just a tad on the sweet side if you use all the powdered sugar called for. I stopped at 3-1/2 cups and found it just right, although as little as 2 cups would have worked too. I didn't measure the milk, as how much you use depends on how you plan to use the frosting, and in my case I piped it, so I'm sure I used less than the recipe directed.

Jul 14, 2003

My family loves this recipe! It is really simple, fast, and can be used on many different desserts. My family's favorite is to use it on cut-out cookies!!

Sep 18, 2011

Good basic butter frosting recipe. I suggest adding the milk and sugar slowly checking for taste and consistency until it reaches your liking. Easy to add ingredients to this icing to make unique flavors. For example, mix in: Cocoa powder = chocolate icing Instant coffee + cocoa powder = mocha icing Lemon juice = lemon icing Lime juice = lime icing (great on coconut cake) Orange zest = orange icing Dollop of Peanut Butter = pb icing Maple Syrup = Maple icing

Apr 09, 2003

This was so easy!! My cousin and I made this at 2 am to frost a lemon cake. We added lemon extract and yellow food coloring to the frosting, and it was really good! Just make sure you put in enough of the powdered sugar, or it will get a bit runny and drip out the sides of the cake... Still tastes good, but looks kinda weird! Also, I'd recommend sifting the sugar before putting it in the frosting. We didn't do this because we didn't have a sieve handy, but I think it would have eliminated the somewhat gritty texture (that's why I gave it 4 stars).


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  • Calories
  • 58 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 1.3 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 10 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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