Rating: 3.53 stars
528 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 141
  • 4 star values: 150
  • 3 star values: 121
  • 2 star values: 80
  • 1 star values: 36

Memories of childhood birthday cakes will be evoked by this sweet and Fluffy Vanilla Frosting, made quickly with just three ingredients and a handheld mixer (a standing mixer will take even less time). This frosting can also be tinted with food color; add a drop at a time and stir with a flexible spatula until well combined before adding more.This recipe is from "Martha Stewart's Cupcakes."

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.

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  • Reduce speed to medium. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed; after every two additions, raise speed to high and beat 10 seconds to aerate frosting, then return to medium-high. This process should take about 5 minutes. Frosting will be very pale and fluffy.

  • Add vanilla, and beat until frosting is smooth. If not using immediately, frosting can be refrigerated up to 10 days in an airtight container. Before using, bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth again, about 5 minutes.

Reviews (14)

528 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 141
  • 4 star values: 150
  • 3 star values: 121
  • 2 star values: 80
  • 1 star values: 36
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2019
I thought it was very good. Was not grainy at all, really smooth.
Rating: 1 stars
07/05/2015
THANKS FOR NOTHING MARTHA STEWART!
Rating: 1 stars
07/05/2015
I did everything it said to do, and this is awful. I said I wanted frosting not high cholesterol. This is WAY TOO BUTTERY!
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2015
I absolutely love this recipe, I use this frosting for just about anything. It's SO easy to make, and everyone just loves it!
Rating: Unrated
02/22/2015
This frosting just tasted like straight whipped butter to me, I did not enjoy it at all!
Rating: Unrated
11/15/2013
Gonna cry it's midnight and It didn't work for me. It's watery =(
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Rating: Unrated
04/29/2013
so you don't need milk?
Rating: Unrated
04/19/2013
THE BEST, fluffiest, most delightful vanilla frosting I have EVER had - even better than royal icing ! I forgot to sift the powdered sugar and it still came out fluffy, beautiful , and wonderful to spread and swirl with. This recipe makes ALOT of frosting-like for a 3-4 layer cake. For a 2-layer cake, I did 2 sticks + 2 tbsp. of the butter, 3 cups powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. clear vanilla...then slathered it onto a dark chocolate cake...Pure Heaven . Thank you so much Martha Stewart !!!!
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2011
I have made this frosting twice...the first time with vanilla extract and the 2nd time with almond (I was out of vanilla and couldn't run to the store). WHAT A HUGE HIT!!! I made the almond frosting with white cupcakes for my daughters first birthday. WOW...people were RAVING about this frosting. It was SO easy and very fluffy. I had a little left over after topping 24 cupcakes with a large swirl of frosting! 5 stars for sure!
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2011
It is the fastest, best tasting and fluffyest icing ever! Just simply WOW, it will be my recipe for years to come. Thanks Martha :P
Rating: Unrated
10/14/2010
about how much cake/ how many cupcakes does 4 c frost? Thanks!
Rating: Unrated
08/12/2010
Would it be possible to use a butter substitute such as Smart Balance for this recipe and still have it come out?
Rating: Unrated
06/26/2010
Amazing!!!!! best easiest buttercream that ive ever made! a bit sweet cutt back on sugar a bit, but otherwise, this frosting saved me, i tried 4 diff, recipes of this frosting none turned out fluffy! This recipe made me belive in buttercream frosting again! lol :) thank you
Rating: Unrated
06/04/2010
This frosting is amazingly good and simple!!!! We use it often for topping cupcakes :)