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Buttercream Frosting

This basic buttery frosting has unmatchable homemade taste. With a few simple variations, you can come up with different colors and flavors—from orange, lemon and mint to chocolate and peanut butter. —Diana Wilson, Denver, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter. Beat in sugar and vanilla. Add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency.
For Chocolate Frosting: Substitute 1/2 cup baking cocoa for 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar. For Peanut Butter Frosting: Substitute peanut butter for butter. For Lemon-or Orange-Flavored Frosting: Substitute lemon or orange juice for milk and add 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange peel. For Almond-or Peppermint-Flavored Frosting: Substitute almond or peppermint extract for the vanilla. Liquid or paste food coloring may be added to match flavoring (green for mint, for example) or for contrast when decorating.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 453 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 80g carbohydrate (75g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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