Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

There’s the big reveal! This is what the final cake turned out looking like. It also tasted great and I bet I could’ve gotten away with not telling them it was from a mix. But hey, like I said on Monday, sometimes shortcuts are worth taking.

This is a pretty simple buttercream frosting – not extremely sweet, but just sweet enough. I’m not a big fan of frostings that come in a can (accidental┬árhyme!), so this is a good basic recipe to have on hand. This one also came from the Cake Mix Doctor – she rocks!

You’ll need:

  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Start by creaming the butter in your mixer on low for about 1 1/2 minutes till it’s fluffy and lighter in color. (If you wanted to make a chocolate buttercream, you’d add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder in with the butter.)
Stop the mixer and add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of the milk. Mix until combined on low for 1 minute and then turn up the speed to medium and mix for another minute more. This is where you would need to add more milk to get the frosting to your desired consistency. I ended up using all 5 to get mine where I wanted it. If you make the chocolate version, you may need to add an extra tablespoon of milk.
You can use whatever type of extract you’d like to change up the flavor of this – almond, orange, or coconut sound yummy! Or even add food coloring to match a party theme.
I shaved a little white chocolate on top for a bit of decoration.
Buon appetito!

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