Rating: 3.12 stars
174 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 68
  • 2 star values: 33
  • 1 star values: 15

Our simple frosting recipe is made with just four basic ingredients: unsalted butter, confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. This basic buttercream is one of the most simple frostings you can whip up—and it elevates cakes and cupcakes alike. Try it on top of these chocolate chip cookie cupcakes (you won't regret it!).

Martha Stewart Living, July 2011

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 4 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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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Reviews (5)

174 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 68
  • 2 star values: 33
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: Unrated
03/18/2017
Good catch, I didn't even notice that the stick size was not even mentioned...
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03/16/2017
is a stick 4 oz or 8 oz? Lin
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03/15/2017
a stick is 4 oz or 8 oz. Which?
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2017
Easy and delicious. It was a little sweet for my liking, but my 4 year old son loved it. Next time I will use 4 or 5 cups of sugar instead of 6.
Rating: Unrated
01/06/2016
It's a good frosting because you can use pastry sleeves so your cupcakes look nice.