Fluffy powdered sugar frosting.

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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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  • Cream sugar, butter and vanilla. Add a small amount of milk (1 to 2 tablespoons). Add cocoa if desired and beat until fluffy. If frosting is too sweet add a little more milk.

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Nutrition Facts

38 calories; 0.1 g protein; 5.3 g carbohydrates; 5.1 mg cholesterol; 13.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2006
I took the reviews into consideration while making this for cupcakes, and didn't want them too sugary, so I added 3 tbsp cocoa pwdr. and kept everthing else the same as the recipe called for. My icing came out so thick and I think I might have figured out why some are having problems with it being too thin. If you are using margering instead of butter, there is a higher content of water in it. This frosting is fantastic for cupcakes, nice and thick if you use butter. I'll be keeping this easy and delicous recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/09/2011
I consider myself to have a sweet tooth and I found the vanilla version of this recipe ENTIRELY too sweet. I really wanted to use the white version because I want to color it for a birthday cake. In reading the reviews others said that using unsweetened cocoa mellowed the sweetness so I tried that. It is better but I'm still not sure about it. The consistancy was good. Overally not a huge fan of this recipe. Read More
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586 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 139
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2006
I took the reviews into consideration while making this for cupcakes, and didn't want them too sugary, so I added 3 tbsp cocoa pwdr. and kept everthing else the same as the recipe called for. My icing came out so thick and I think I might have figured out why some are having problems with it being too thin. If you are using margering instead of butter, there is a higher content of water in it. This frosting is fantastic for cupcakes, nice and thick if you use butter. I'll be keeping this easy and delicous recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2004
Very easy to make. No problem with the consistency, but others might have had a problem if the butter was melted or didn't mix long enough. Mom's tip is to add a touch of salt to help even out the sweetness. Turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2005
This recipe is a bit sweet if you are using it without the cocoa. If you do use cocoa with it it tastes great. I added a half cup of cream cheese (making the vanilla version) and it tasted even better. This does NOT yeild 3 cups I only got 1 and 1/2 or so cups out of this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2012
Powdered sugar frosting, basic buttercream frosting, whatever you want to call it this recipe has the perfect proportions of butter to powdered sugar. I made the vanilla version and didn't measure the milk, just added enough to get the consistency I wanted. For novice cooks, it is important to cream the butter and sugar well, a good few minutes, until it is very light and fluffy! Update 11-19-12: The chocolate variation of this recipe, while fluffy and delicious, is a very LIGHT chocolate. If you like it darker, replace some of the powdered sugar with more cocoa powder. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2004
I needed a frosting recipe for cookies I was making. My friend had neglected to give me her frosting recipe with the cookies so I needed something delicious and easy. It's so good I had a hard time not licking the spoon as I frosted. Absolutely delicious! Will use this recipe from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2004
This was the easiest fastest and most delicious frosting recipe ever!! I don't know what happened to the person who wrote the review saying it was like pudding...maybe they put in too much milk but I didn't have that problem at all. We used it to frost our Valentine's Day cookies just added a drop of red food coloring for pink frosting and it is great!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2005
I made the chocolate version using unsweeted cocoa- delicious. After mixing it up (I added the cocoa in at the beginning - works fine) I added another tablespoon of cocoa for a slightly more intense chocolate flavor. This is so easy to make and tastes just as good as store-bought but WITHOUT THE TRANS FATS. The very first ingredient in store-bought frosting is partially hydrogenated oil!Gross! So feel good making this frosting for your kids! Note: The color is a light creamy brown. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2007
This turned out wonderfully! At first I thought it looked just a little runny but it piped and set up beautifully on my cupcakes! I used it to frost Cream Filled Cupcakes (also found on this site) and the tastes matched perfectly! It wasn't too sweet at all and I will definitely make this recipe again. Thanks alot! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2004
Simple easy and delicious! However I'd suggest making twice as much if you are going to frost and fill a 9" cake. I don't understand what people are saying about the pudding consistency. I had no butter so I used margarine and it was still wasn't runny. Maybe they are comparing it to canned frosting but as homemade frostings go it's the best! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/09/2011
I consider myself to have a sweet tooth and I found the vanilla version of this recipe ENTIRELY too sweet. I really wanted to use the white version because I want to color it for a birthday cake. In reading the reviews others said that using unsweetened cocoa mellowed the sweetness so I tried that. It is better but I'm still not sure about it. The consistancy was good. Overally not a huge fan of this recipe. Read More
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