Confectioners Frosting Recipe

Confectioners Frosting Recipe

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10 Min
No-Cook or Other


4 c
(460 grams) confectioners sugar (icing or powdered sugar), sifted
1 c
(226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
4 Tbsp
milk or light cream
assorted food colors (if desired)

How to Make Confectioners Frosting Recipe


  • 1In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and well blended. Beat in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the milk and beat to combine. Then, on high speed, beat frosting until it is light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). If not using right away, cover with plastic wrap to prevent the frosting from drying out.
  • 2This frosting can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Bring to room temperature and re-whip before using. Add a little milk or sugar if needed to get the right consistency.
  • 3Tint portions of frosting with desired food color (I use the gel paste food coloring that is available at cake decorating stores and party stores).
  • 4To make a Chocolate Frosting prepare the above recipe but beat into finished frosting, four ounces (120 grams) of melted and cooled unsweetened chocolate. Add a little extra milk if needed
  • 5This recipe makes enough to fill and frost one 8- or 9- inch (20 - 23 cm) cake.
  • 6Note: For a softer and fluffier frosting use a combination of 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter and 1/2 cup (113 grams) shortening.

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About Confectioners Frosting Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy