Recipe: American Vanilla Buttercream


Makes about 2 cups

  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Beat the butter, slowly adding powdered sugar. Add the extract, then the milk. Add more milk or powdered sugar to reach desired consistency.

Makes enough for about 2 dozen cupcakes, depending on your icing method.

Variations: Use different extracts to change flavor, or add cocoa powder or melted chocolate.