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Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Whether cookies, cake, or cupcakes this is no-fail frosting recipe!


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp milk


  • In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk.
  • Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar.
  • Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, fills and frosts an 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake, or frosts one batch of homemade sugar cookies.