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This vanilla frosting can be flavored many ways; see our variations that follow. You can make the frosting up to 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature and stir until creamy and spreadable before using.

Linda Lau Anusasananan
This Story Originally Appeared On sunset.com

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Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Yield:
Makes about 2 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a bowl, with a mixer (preferably fitted with whisk attachment) on low speed, beat butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, and the salt until blended. Add milk and vanilla; beat until blended. Add remaining powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating until incorporated. Turn mixer to high speed and beat frosting until fluffy and smooth.

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  • Coffee frosting: Replace milk and vanilla with 4 teaspoons instant espresso powder dissolved in 3 tablespoons hot water, then cooled.

  • Lemon frosting: Replace milk with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and vanilla with 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel.

  • Mint frosting: Replace vanilla with 4 teaspoons crème de menthe or 1 teaspoon mint extract and 2 or 3 drops green food coloring, if desired.

  • Orange frosting: Replace milk with 2 tablespoons orange juice, and vanilla with 2 teaspoons grated orange peel.

  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per tablespoon of Vanilla Frosting.

Nutrition Facts

86 calories; calories from fat 48%; protein 0.1g; fat 4.6g; saturated fat 2.9g; carbohydrates 11g; fiber 0g; sodium 84mg; cholesterol 13mg.
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