Easy White Icing

This simple recipe yields a foolproof icing for cakes and cupcakes.

  • Yield: Makes 3 1/2 cups, enough for 12 standard cupcakes
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Source: Everyday Food, October 2003


  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 pound (3 2/3 cups) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (optional)


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth.

  2. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. If too thick to spread, beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.


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