Rating: 3.18 stars
796 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 165
  • 4 star values: 144
  • 3 star values: 243
  • 2 star values: 156
  • 1 star values: 88

This easy white icing recipe yields a foolproof frosting for cakes and cupcakes.

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 3 1/2 cups, enough for 12 standard cupcakes
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth.

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

Reviews (20)

796 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 165
  • 4 star values: 144
  • 3 star values: 243
  • 2 star values: 156
  • 1 star values: 88
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2017
This icing turned out great! Perfect for the cupcakes and an easy white icing for whenever you might need one. This white icing and the accompanying Chocolate Glaze are now my "go to" frostings!
Rating: Unrated
01/06/2016
One question: pastry sleeve (with nozzle) can be used for this frosting?
Rating: Unrated
03/07/2015
Feed Martha Stewart to the lions! This recipe was sugar in a mixing bowl. My daughter, Vaghie, and I had to add almost 3 cups of milk to make it a nice texture, and it was still way too sweet! I gave my son, Peenie some to try and he was on the toilet with tummy troubles for the rest of the day. Martha Stewart ruined his day! When I finally got it able to pipe onto my cupcakes, it melted and collapsed, leaving a gooey puddle on the surface of the cupcakes. PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS OF TUMMY TROUBLES :(
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2014
Yes, I can assure you this icing is white and delicious. I had plenty for 12 cupcakes and ended up discarding a good cup's worth. I would make it again. However, my icing job didn't look as elegant. ;)
Rating: Unrated
02/28/2014
White??? Umm NO butter is yellow hence this recipe looks NOTHING like the photo on this page!
Rating: 1 stars
11/02/2013
your frosting was so dry we put in 2 cups of milk to make it not dry!! even my dog doesnt like it and he eats poop! it is horible my whole family hates it! I HATE THIS RESIPE!!! The frosting is so bad before when we only put in 1 tablespoon in it was just sugar
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Rating: Unrated
06/19/2013
Nice recipe. Pipes well. Regarding the number of cupcakes this will frost, I went with the advice from the review that indicated that this recipe would easily frost 24, though I did add another 4 tablespoons of butter. Still, keeping in mind that we have different ideas about how much frosting a cupcake should have (I piped something a little less than a 'fancy bakery' cupcake), I ran out, leaving the last 6 pretty skimpy on icing. I recommend, from my experience, to double the recipe for 24.
Rating: Unrated
03/04/2013
I think this recipe is great and would easily frost 24 piped cupcakes. I ended up doubling the recipe and had so much frosting left over! I did add a generous amount of homemade vanilla extract to the recipe and thinned it with hot water.
Rating: Unrated
01/01/2013
There are 4 ounces in a stick of butter, so 1.5 sticks = 6 ounces.....which = 170 grams.
Rating: Unrated
12/29/2012
plz guide me regarding the weight of butter...there is 1 1/2 sticks r used....bt i dnt knw how many grams r there in 1 1/2 sticks...plz rply
Rating: Unrated
07/13/2012
This recipe is simple to make and delicious. It is great on the chocolate cupcakes. My 2 Granddaughters(Kate and Emma ages 7 and 4) and I made the cupcakes and icing. It was great fun and the memories will last a lifetime.
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2011
Recipe is very good, and so easy! I'll never go back to the stuff in the can!
Rating: Unrated
08/04/2011
Hi.. I already tried this recipe for white icing but I don't know why my icing became yellow..? I think the color was from the butter.. could u help me?? And how many grams is 1 1/2 sticks of butter & 3 2/3 cups of sugar? Is confectioners sugar is the same as icing sugar? thank you
Rating: Unrated
10/26/2010
I'm a newbie at all of this but really want to learn. How long should I cream the butter for? I don't want it to thin out. Pls help!
Rating: Unrated
09/11/2010
This frosting is not very good. It is recommended with the chocolate cupcakes (which themselves are more like brownies than cupcakes) and definitely does not go well with them. These were my first Martha Stewart recipes and I won't be using her recipes again.
Rating: Unrated
05/21/2009
Oooo, the butter is what makes the buttercream. It also takes away from the straight sugar taste.
Rating: Unrated
09/03/2008
I make buttercream frosting all the time but have never used this much butter. I usually make it with 4 Tbls. butter to 1 lb. confectioners sugar - then milk to desired spreading consistancy
Rating: Unrated
06/08/2008
I also had to add milk to get a nice creamy consistency, the taste is good but a little too buttery for me.
Rating: Unrated
02/10/2008
I found that I had to add more milk than the recipe says, and I didn't use all the sugar required
Rating: Unrated
02/08/2008
You have to add the milk to achieve a "frosting" consistency.