The BEST homemade vanilla frosting recipe! 5 minutes and 6 ingredients is all it takes to make the best frosting at home! Ditch the store-bought varieties! Great for decorating cakes & cookies!
Course condiment, Dessert
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Prep Time 5minutes
Total Time 5minutes
Servings 24(servings) Enough to frost a 2-layer 8-9" round cake
Cream together butter and shortening until smooth.
Add salt and vanilla and beat until well combined.
Slowly add powdered sugar 1 or 2 cups at a time until your mixture is thick and a little lumpy (you can always add more later).
Add milk and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
If necessary, add more powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
Use to frost your favorite cakes, cookies and cupcakes!**
As you can see, my frosting isn’t pure white. This is because I used vanilla extract that is brown. If you want a whiter frosting, use clear vanilla.
If you plan to decorate with this frosting please keep it at room temperature. Cold frosting does not pipe well (or at all)!
If you’d like to add color, simply mix it in after your frosting has reached your desired consistency!
I usually decorate cakes the night before and let them set up in the fridge. Then I remove from the fridge at least 2 hours before serving so they can come to room temperature.
This makes a TON of frosting! If you don't use it all you can freeze it to use for later!
Salted Butter. I use salted butter to make frosting (and just about everything). Unsalted butter works perfectly as well. You can also try using vegan butter for a dairy-free version.
Shortening. I use Crisco all-vegetable shortening to make this vanilla frosting. It works well and is easy to use because it comes in stick form. I don't recommend making substitutions for the shortening.
Milk. I have used many different varieties of milk, I recommend whole milk or 2% milk to make this homemade frosting.
Pure vanilla extract. Use pure extract for the best flavor. You can also use vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste.
Sea salt. I like to add a pinch of sea salt to really bring out the flavors. This is optional, and you can omit it if you'd like.