Simple Vanilla Frosting

  • Yield: Makes 4 1/2 cups
Simple Vanilla Frosting

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2011


  • 4 1/2 sticks room-temperature unsalted butter
  • 6 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium-low; gradually add an additional 5 1/4 cups sugar. Raise speed to medium-high. Add milk and vanilla. Continue to beat until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Store at room temperature until ready to use (up to 2 days).


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