Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck Photo by: Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Luscious Vanilla Buttercream Frosting covers each layer of our wintry white cake.


This recipe goes with Raspberry Pound Cake Truffles, Bourbon-Peacan Truffles, Candied Ginger Pound Cake Truffles, Chocolate-Espresso Truffles, Mrs. Billett's White Cake, Batman Cupcakes

Southern Living DECEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Makes 4 1/2 cups
  • Hands-on:10 Minutes
  • Total:10 Minutes


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (32-oz.) package powdered sugar
  • 6 to 7 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Beat butter and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy; gradually add powdered sugar alternately with 6 Tbsp. milk, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition. Stir in vanilla. If desired, beat in remaining 1 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until frosting reaches desired consistency.


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