Basic Buttercream Icing

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
15 min

Yield:
6 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, room temperature (use vegetable shortening when pure white icing is needed)
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla or other desired flavoring
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
Directions

Combine all the ingredients in large mixing bowl and mix at slow speed until smooth. If stiffer icing is needed, or if the weather is very warm, add a little extra sugar. This recipe is enough to cover and fill a 9 by 13-inch sheet cake or 2 (9-inch) layers.


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This was easy to do but it was so thick that when I spread it, It did not come out pretty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This had to be one of the worst buttercream recipes I've ever tried. First, you CANNOT use margarine as a butter substitute. It simply does NOT come together the same way. In an attempt to fix this after "Combining all ingredients", I used near 4 pounds of Pow. Sugar and I figured it was a lost cause. I finally went to the store, bought more butter and sugar and started my process over with a new recipe. My second recipe turned out MUCH better and I'll be using that from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great IF done right. (Which is why I only gave 3 stars please do not add any milk until the very end!! You also need to cream ur butter/vanilla/shortening (if u must use it before adding the dry ingredients. It takes approx 4 cups of powdered sugar to make this. Add one at a time until completely incorporated. Then at the end I recommend adding milk only a tablespoon at a time until u reach ur desired consistency. If ur piping, of course ur going to want it thicker. (I myself use whipping cream it's buttercream so it's going to be sweet! That's the point ; a few more tips- all white icing can also be achieved with clear vanilla extract and/or using white food coloring paste. (Make sure it's paste or u thin ur icing this makes coloring it much easier, but stick to food coloring paste. If shortening is a must, I recommend crisco butter flavor. Try a 1/2, 1/2 shortening/ butter ratio. Happy decorating!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WAY too sweet and runny. I didn't read any reviews before I made this, but I adapted and added a huge container of whipped cream cheese and it was fine. Still way too sweet, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This icing was FAR too sweet. The texture was great, even though I added less sugar than the recipe called for. I find that a higher butter to sugar ratio produces a much better product. This tasted like straight powdered sugar. I certainly will not make this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree, very easy to make and very good. My icing usually comes out too runny even if I follow the directions. I decided to check the reviews first and found a helpful hint- add the milk slowly. I will be using this one again for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make and very very good! So much better than store bought. I used whole milk and added a 1/4 cup at a time. A hit with my family and friends! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a very easy and tasty frosting to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
how far in advance can I make this? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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