Magnolia's Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

*My only modification to the recipe is I like to add a little almond extract, and it seems that 1 tsp. is the perfect amount! And be sure to use CLEAR vanilla extract to get a white frosting. Makes enough for one 2- layer 9- inch cake ro 2 dozen cupcakes.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 to 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp clear vanilla extract


  1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. on the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store hte icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

This frosting is rich like wedding cake frosting and oh so yummy! It is on the zebra cake in my cake pictures. Enjoy! And eat a large spoonful for me!


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