Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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Difficulty: Easy

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2 sticks butter, room temperature
8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract





In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream softened butter and add 4 cups sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat with paddle attachment until smooth gradually add the rest of sugar to reach frosting consistency.

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i made christmas cookies and follow this to the t, now i have so much i am going to make a cake to use the balance, it very good, ps i used unsalted butter.

By beverly red on December 19, 2013


This is the worst recipe for butter cream icing. It didn't come out at all, and I did everything I was supposed to. I will never use this recipe again!

By Annonymous on August 16, 2013


Way too much sugar in this recipe, but otherwise it looks better than the one i used before. I'm going to try to make a half batch instead. Hopefully it works out. smile

By Anonymous on August 16, 2013


How many cups does this recipe yield?

By ReeJeana on July 18, 2013


Thank you ! Love the simplicities of life!

By Judy Mitchell on February 15, 2013


I will be using this recipe on a three-layer chocolate cake. I am going to crush candy canes and add them to the layers and sprinkle on top. Pretty and festive for Christmas day.

By Elizabeth Roy on December 23, 2012


dear,Mrs.Paula Deen i love you'r tv show and i had to get a recipy ofr of you'rwebsite hope i'll like it

By michelle swilley on December 04, 2012


can i us reguler butter or does it have to be sticks

By cody on November 12, 2012


Thanks Paula, My cooking has improved more then 100%, my family and friends love the dishes I have tried by you.. I watch your shows all the time. If you ever come to BERMUDA look me up.. LOVE YOU oxoxoxoxo Kathey

By Kathey on July 31, 2012


I LUV YOUR COOKING PAULA DEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because of u my mom made a turkey with stuffing and it was the BOMBBBBB!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Alejandra Rodriguez on May 12, 2012


Hi Madison, Yes, you should be able to pipe with this frosting.

By Jonathan Able on April 02, 2012


Is this good for piping cupcakes?

By Madison on March 19, 2012


i ove your show i try to watch it every day after school and i love trying to make all of ur diffrent types of meals and desserts

By katie enright on February 08, 2012


My mom and I love to watch your show,we enjoy what you cook and the dessert you make on your show,you have a beautiful personality as wellas your sons,I too like to bake and for the holidays i try to go way out for my family and friends i guess the best times for me are the holidays,i hope one day to have my own place,my pastry shop.I work in a place where they make dessert all day long,and i enjoyed working there for all these yrs.It was nice sending you this Email,god bless

By Gloria Castillo on October 18, 2011


Your receipes are amazing. You are amazing. My friends, my husband watch you all the time. We all chat on the phone to each other about your receipes. When you come on TV I drop whatever I am doing to watch you. Recently I went to the coast and sat at the beach and read your book about your life. I cried, I laughed. You are so warm and beautiful. Someday I am going to come to your restaurant and hope to see you! Today is my husband's birthday and I am making your layer vanilla cake with the vanilla buttercream frosting. From your house to my house!!!! Angie Huntington 2018 Broken Oak San Antonio, Texas 78232

By Anonymous on September 22, 2011


My grandmother made a yellow layer cake, and she made a clear icing made with butter. She would pour this icing over the cake and it was delicious. I never got to ask her how she made this icing.Do you have any idea. I think it was one everyone made back then.

By Anonymous on September 16, 2011


You are wonderful and so are all of your recipes.

By dee miller on September 10, 2011


I LOVE PAULA DEEN. I just made this frosting today and divided the recipe in half; it yielded enough to frost a 9"x13" cake. The cake I made was blackberry spice, so I mixed some blackberries in with the frosting, which thins it out a bit. It was delicious!

By leahlovesjesus on August 20, 2011


It would be nice to know how much frosting this recipe yields so you would know how much you would need to frost cupcakes

By Anonymous on August 19, 2011


I'm trying to re-create our wedding cake that we had made. It was a vanilla and chocolate marble with a basket-weave buttercream frosting. I used this as my first attempt and it is really close. It was really easy to do and i think I "tested" most of it before it got on the cake. Thanks Paula!

By Krystal on August 16, 2011

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