A touch of red food coloring gives this buttercream frosting recipe a lovely pink hue.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
15
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add 3 cups of the sifted confectioners' sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the vanilla, salt, and 1/3 cup of the milk. Gradually beat in the 3 remaining cups of confectioner's sugar. Beat in additional milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) if needed, to make frosting of spreading consistency. If desired tint the frosting pink with 6 to 8 drops of red food coloring.

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Nutrition Facts

273 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 48.2g 16% DV; fat 9.4g 15% DV; cholesterol 25mg 8% DV; sodium 107.7mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (51)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is a really delicious frosting and spreads really well on cakes and cookies. The only thing I do differently is to use unsalted butter or leave out the salt in the recipe. Read More
(18)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/17/2011
As I added the sugar I found four cups worked for me so I stopped right there and only added enough milk to get it to the proper consistency for piping onto cupcakes. I wanted a true butter tasting frosting that wasn't too sweet - six cups would have defeated that. With four cups I got a beautiful, light, fluffy, not-too-sweet butter cream frosting. Read More
(43)
67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
05/16/2011
As I added the sugar I found four cups worked for me so I stopped right there and only added enough milk to get it to the proper consistency for piping onto cupcakes. I wanted a true butter tasting frosting that wasn't too sweet - six cups would have defeated that. With four cups I got a beautiful, light, fluffy, not-too-sweet butter cream frosting. Read More
(43)
Rating: 2 stars
03/25/2003
hate to break the chain of enthusiastic reviews but this was just not so top-notch for me. I have quite the sweet tooth and even I found this too be a bit too sweet. those who ate the cake along with ice cream (I used this for my boyfriend's bday cake) finished but those who didn't want ice cream barely made it halfway through their slices. Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is a really delicious frosting and spreads really well on cakes and cookies. The only thing I do differently is to use unsalted butter or leave out the salt in the recipe. Read More
(18)
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2007
I used this recipe for my twins' first birthday cakes. I did cut the recipe in half and added more red food coloring for a pinker color. Really liked the flavor. Had to keep it in the fridge or the icing started to run. Will definitely use again. Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2004
I cut recipe amount by 1/3 and still had enough for 2 one layer cakes and a dozen cupcakes! I found the taste very sweet so I added extra vanilla extract and some almond extract. Good for plain white or not too sweet cakes. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2002
I bake a lot of cakes and finally found the perfect frosting. Not only is it delicious and perfect! It made a nice size amount so I could frost a 2 layer cake. This will be a staple in my house from now on. Thanks! Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2007
I was wanting a recipe that I could tint several different colors for my daughter's b-day cake. This was perfect. When I went to make it I realized I only had about 5 cups of powdered sugar. It turned out great and I didn't need to add the extra few Tablespoons of milk at the end. If I had added one more cup of powdered sugar i can't imagine it turning out though. It was very yummy too! Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2004
Great recipe. Very very very sweet though -- and this is coming from someone who likes sweet things. Also you may need to add a little more milk than the recipe calls for to get it "spreadable." Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2007
Fast easy and delicious frosting recipe! This is the first time I have ever made frosting myself and was surprised at how great it tasted! Read More
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