A basic confectioners’ sugar frosting that works for spreading, piping, decorating and delicious eating!
Fluffy Vanilla Frosting is just that, it’s a light, simple frosting for cupcakes, cookies and cakes. Like the sweet stuff of childhood.
I haven’t added any milk to this version because I use it for piping decorations as well. It’s just the right consistency for spreading on top of a cupcakes or piping out of a decorating bag. If you want a frosting that a bit more loose like that girl you knew in college, just add a tiny bit of milk at the end. Mix it up and check the texture as you go.
Also! There is no melting the butter here people! Just softened butter, so not even room temperature (I find that’s too warm, but maybe I just keep my rooms too hot!). Soft enough to mix into a smooth situation.
Tip: The recipe has you beating the butter first. That’s the trick! I like to smooth my butter out and add the sugar a little at a time, mixing the sugar in completely before adding more. You NEVER get lumps this way because you start out with smooth butter. Adding the sugar in increments gets every little bit combined without dry pockets of unmixed stuff.
- 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 6 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- Beat butter with mixer until creamy, about 2 min. Add sugar ½ cup at a time, mixing well and scraping down sides of bowl. Beat in vanilla and salt; stir until smooth.
This frosting will keep covered on the counter for several days. In the fridge for about 2 weeks!
Recipe Tara Bench