Rating: 4.28 stars
244 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 142
  • 4 star values: 62
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 10

Rich frosting, great on Banana Spice Cookies.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a bowl beat butter or margarine until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of the confectioners' sugar, beating well.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

58 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 11.8g; fat 1.3g; cholesterol 3.5mg; sodium 9.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (192)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2008
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2008
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. Read More
(16)
244 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 142
  • 4 star values: 62
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2008
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! Read More
(71)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2003
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2011
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 Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
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!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2003
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). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2008
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. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
this is the receipe my mom used for all our cookies especially at Christmas. You can add food coloring or cocoa. It's the the best!! Read More
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