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Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting
This rich and creamy vanilla frosting is a perfect topping for your favorite cakes, cookies and cupcakes. Flavor with an extract or grated citrus peel and tint with food coloring.
Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time:  2-3 minutes
Servings:  2 cups

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4 cups powdered sugar (1 lb.), sifted, divided
5 Tbsp. water, divided
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla


Step 1 MIX 3 Tbsp. powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp. water and egg yolk in small saucepan until smooth. COOK over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles. REMOVE from heat; let cool 15 minutes.
Step 2 BEAT butter in mixer bowl on high speed until smooth and creamy. ADD 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp. water and the cooled egg yolk mixture. BEAT on medium speed until smooth.
Step 3 GRADUALLY BEAT in remaining powdered sugar, adding up to 1 Tbsp. water as needed, 1 tsp. at a time, until frosting has a spreading consistency. ADD vanilla. BEAT on high speed until smooth, adding any remaining water, if needed.

Insider Info

Cooked yolk mixture must cool enough so it doesn't melt the butter in step 2.


Nutrition Information

Per Serving

Calories: 70

Total Fat: 2 g
    Saturated fat: 1 g
    Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g
    Monounsaturated fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 10 mg
Sodium: 1 mg
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Protein: 0 g
Vitamin A: 52 IU
Vitamin D: 2.2 IU
Folate: 0.8 mcg
Calcium: 1.3 mg
Iron: 0 mg
Choline: 4 mg

Vitamin C: 0 mg
Vitamin E: 0.1 IU
Trans Fat: 0 g
Sugars: 14 g
Potassium: 1.5 mg
Magnesium: 0.1 mg
Selenium: 0.4 mcg
Phosphorus: 2.5 mg
Vitamin B12: 0 mcg
Vitamin K: 0.1 mcg
Vitamin B6: 0 mg
Copper: 0 mg
Vitamin B1 - Thiamin: 0 mg
Manganese: 0 mg
Zinc: 0 mg
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin: 0 mg
Vitamin B3 - Niacin: 0 mg
Omega 3: 0 g
Omega 6: 0.1 g

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