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Cooked Milk Frosting

Use this light, fluffy vanilla frosting to top our Confetti Cake.

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  • Yield: Makes 3 cups
confetti cake with vanilla frosting

Photography: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2017


  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together flour and milk until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until mixture becomes thick and resembles pudding, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a heat-proof bowl; stir in vanilla and salt. Press plastic wrap against surface; let cool completely.

  2. Beat butter with sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl as needed, about 2 minutes. Add milk mixture and continue beating until frosting is light and fluffy and resembles whipped cream, about 2 minutes more. Use immediately.

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  • neecie39574
    4 JUN, 2017
    Could Cocoa Powder be added to make this a chocolate frosting? If so what amount to add?
  • kimconover
    4 JUN, 2017
    This is my favorite frosting for cakes and cupcakes. When I learned about this frosting recipe many years ago, the sugar was added after the butter and milk/flour mixture was beaten together - this was so that you could add as little sugar as you liked to taste. Most frostings are too sweet for most people anyway and I find that just a bit more than half a cup is sufficient. It should be added slowly and beaten well. The longer you beat it, the lighter it becomes. It always recieves high praise whenever I serve it.
  • carolkelley63
    4 JUN, 2017
    This frosting is also known as gravy icing and it is indescribably delicious. It's light in texture and isn't grainy even though it's made with uncooked granulated sugar. Try it - you won't be disappointed!