Light and Airy Homemade Vanilla Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (aka confectioners' sugar)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of butter, soft and at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla (sometimes I put in a tiny bit more)
  • 3 tablespoons of milk (although I always end up adding a bit more than that -- if you want very thick frosting though, you can even go less than 3 tablespoons)
  1. Put the butter in a bowl first. Since I have a handy dandy Kitchen Aid mixer , I beat the butter pretty well after adding it to the bowl. You can do this with a hand mixer as well, of course. But, you know what? I'm pretty spoiled by my Kitchen Aid.
  2. Add the powdered sugar a bit at a time to the butter, and cream them together.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and milk.
  4. Then, beat the mixture well. If it is not thick enough, add in some more powdered sugar. But, if you're like me, you are always apt to add in just a bit more milk to make it slightly thinner.
  5. If you want to add in food coloring, this is the time to do it!
  6. At this point, I beat the frosting for several more minutes to give the frosting a light, airy texture.
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