Basic Buttercream Icing


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 2 lbs confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons whole milk

STEP 1:  Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachement, mix butter and salt on medium until pale and smooth.  Roughly 5 minutes.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

STEP 2:  Add confectioners sugar, one cup at a time.  Mixing on low after each addition.  Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

STEP 3:  Add vanilla and mix to combine.

STEP 4:  Add up to 2-3 tablespoons of milk to reach the desired consistency of icing.  Mix on low once more to blend and smooth.

This recipe makes enough icing to fill and frost a standard 8″ cake.