How to make vanilla frosting

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to make vanilla frosting

Vanilla frosting is the most popular and widely used frosting to decorate both cakes and cupcakes. It's very simple to make and only requires butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. If you're thinking of making your own cupcakes but have the idea that frosting is difficult to make, rest assured, it's quite easy. With this recipe you'll see that they're simple and quick to make. If you want to learn how to make vanilla frosting read the step by step directions.

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Steps to follow:

The first thing to do before you start making the vanilla frosting is to take the butter out of the refrigerator and let it reach room temperature so it's easier to handle.


Then, cut the butter into chunks to make it easier to beat and put it in a deep bowl. This type of bowl will ensure that the vanilla frosting doesn't fly out when you mix it.

How to make vanilla frosting - Step 2

Now, add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. You can make your own powdered sugar by blending granulated sugar or buy it already made. The only difference is that if you make your own, the frosting will be a bit granular. Little by little, we're making the frosting for decorating cupcakes or cakes.

How to make vanilla frosting - Step 3

Beat for one minute on low with an electric beater or whisk. Then, change to a medium-high speed and beat for approximately 5 minutes. You'll see that the frosting becomes creamy and acquires a very light yellow colour. Know that the more you mix the frosting, the thicker it'll become but make sure it can still be easily handled.

How to make vanilla frosting - Step 4

It's all finished! It's that easy. As you've seen, making vanilla frosting is very quick and easy. Now, just put it in a pastry bag and decorate your cupcakes or cakes with it. You can leave it white if you like the colour, or add a drop of food colouring and beat it until you get the desired colour.

How to make vanilla frosting - Step 5

If you want to try to make more elaborate frostings, check out the recipes for how to make chocolate frosting, or how to make frosting without icing sugar. Decorating your cupcakes with fondant with marshmallows is another clever solution, and you could even learn how to make your own marshmallows on

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thank you for this recipe i am making this for my father's birthday
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