Fluffy Vanilla Frosting is a basic confectioners’ sugar frosting that works for spreading, piping, decorating and delicious eating!
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Fluffy Vanilla Frosting is just that, it’s a light, simple frosting for cupcakes, cookies and cakes. Like the sweet stuff of childhood.
This recipe is so versatile, it’s my most popular frosting recipe. It is spreadable and pipe-able, so the possibilities are endless. Plus, let’s face it, the taste is key – it’s delicious.
I recommend a stand mixer for making it, although I have had success with a hand blender. It just takes a bit more time.
I don’t add milk to my Fluffy Vanilla Frosting which makes it perfect for both piping and spreading, and swooping, and smoothing…
I haven’t added any milk to this version because I use it for piping decorations as well as filling cake layers and icing. 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.
I used this glorious frosting on my Spring Flower Cupcakes. See how well it pipes and spreads!
Making the frosting:
There is no melting the butter here people! Just softened butter, not even room temperature (I find that’s too warm, but maybe I just keep my rooms too hot!). Just soft enough to mix into a smooth situation.
I beat the butter first! Before adding any other ingredients. That’s the trick! I like to smooth my butter 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. And the sugar has plenty of time to mix in completely.
I use a stand mixer like this one from Kitchenaid.
You can use a hand blender as well. I like a powerful one like this:
I also use this frosting on cut out sugar cookies and my super cool One Pan Sugar Cookie Bars.
This frosting will keep covered on the counter for several days. In the fridge for about 2 weeks! Simply bring refrigerated frosting to room temp and give it a good whipping.
Note, for smooth swoops, beat the frosting on a lower speed after all the sugar has been incorporated. This will smooth out a lot of the air bubbles that formed in the mixing process. Adding that tiny drop of milk can help as well.
Fluffy Vanilla Frosting is a basic confectioners' sugar frosting that works for spreading, piping, decorating and delicious eating!
- 2 cups (4 sticks) 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.
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