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Simple and Delicious Buttercream Frosting

Simple and Delicious Buttercream Frosting

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Denise

I decided on a whim yesterday that I wanted to make cupcakes for Canada Day. I didn't have time to buy frosting before getting ready for the fireworks show, so I ended up making my own with ingredients I already had. I was shocked at how quick and easy this was! This basic vanilla recipe makes enough to cover a dozen cupcakes, but feel free to double it (for cakes), triple it, add food coloring or different flavor extracts. If you find this too sweet, you can add a dash of salt to the milk or the vanilla. Personally I like it sweet, and I used salted butter, so I didn't find it necessary.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 173 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 10.2 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs:
  • 21g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 35 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Beat butter and shortening together with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Beat the vanilla extract into the butter mixture. Add sugar, one cup at a time, beating on medium speed until fully incorporated. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, beating on high until fully incorporated and you have frosting.
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Reviews

Michele_One_L
36
8/12/2012

I tried this recipe on a whim and I am very pleased with it. I made it exactly as written and it made enough to frost a 13x9 cake nicely.

naples34102
35
8/27/2012

This is a pretty much standard traditional buttercream frosting offering the best of what both shortening (use hi-ratio for best results) and butter have to offer - namely, the stability and pure white color of the shortening and the unbeatable flavor of butter. Splitting hairs, perhaps, but I'd prefer it with a little less butter. Ideally, I like 2 cups of powdered sugar to 1/2 cup (8T.) of fat, be it shortening or butter.

Deb C
34
7/2/2012

Just as the name implies, it’s simple and delicious. A good standard buttercream frosting that made the perfect amount for 12 cupcakes using a #2 frosting tip. I added an extra ¼ cup of confectioner’s sugar to tighten it up for piping.