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Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

vanilla buttercream frosting Dessert
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 10 min
  • Servings 12

Search no more for a go-to frosting. Betty’s vanilla buttercream calls for simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, so you can always turn out a top-notch frosting. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

3
cups powdered sugar
1/3
cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
1
to 2 tablespoons milk

Steps

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  • 1
    In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk.
  • 2
    Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake.
 

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
Calories from Fat
45
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
8%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
13%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
35mg
1%
Potassium
0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
30g
10%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
29g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Four simple ingredients are all you need to take your cake from average to out-of-this-world! Sugar, butter, vanilla and milk come together in this five-star recipe that proves the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Once you master this frosting – it’s not hard – you’ll always have a go-to recipe for decorating cakes, filling layer cakes and more. This frosting is named for the process that gives buttercream its light, creamy consistency – i.e. creaming butter and sugar. To cream properly, you’ll want to start with softened butter. Your butter is ready to go when it can still hold its shape but is starting to soften at the edges. Test it by pressing a finger into the butter; if it gives and your finger leaves an indent, it’s ready  to go. Creaming can be done with a fork, but it’s easier with a hand- or stand-mixer. Mixing the sugar grains with the butter creates air holes in the butter, which gives the frosting it’s loft and softness. When the butter and sugar appear combined but grainy, it’s time to add the vanilla for flavor and the milk to meld all the ingredients together into a creamy unified consistency. Once you’ve mastered vanilla buttercream frosting, expand your skill set by making lemon buttercream, cream cheese frosting or any of our other delicious homemade frosting recipes.

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