Basic Buttercream Icing

Basic Buttercream Icing

3 reviews, 3.3 star(s). 67% would make again

Ready in 15 minutes

This is a recipe my mother-in-law uses but I could not find anywhere in a cookbook. I finally found this on the Food Network Website, courtesy Colette Peters. It is a light but very sweet icing that is great on most cakes.


1 cup unsalted butter or margarine; room temperature (use vegetable shortening when pure white icing)
0.5 cup milk; room temperature
0.25 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons vanilla or other desired flavoring
2 pounds confectioners' sugar

Original recipe makes 6



Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix at slow speed until smooth. If stiffer icing is needed, or if the weather is very warm, add a little extra sugar. This recipe produces enough icing to cover a 9x13 sheet cake or 2 9 inch layer cakes.

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Hi,I like to know whether the chocolate ganache frosting and the white chocolate frosting will melt if I leave it in the open for so long? I need to know as I need to bake cupcakes for a wedding in 1 week time and Im considering for this frosting recipe. Hope to hear a reply. Thanks! ------------------------------
Idahsen 5y ago

When using the butter, the icing is a light yellow color. That is why shortening is recommended if a white color icing is needed. [I posted this recipe.]
digger7799 6y ago

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