Saturday, April 4, 2009

Magnolia's Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This isn't a true buttercream--it's an old-fashioned (but absolutely yummy!) alternative. And, it's Magnolia Bakery's frosting of choice--so you can't really go wrong with it. :)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar.
  3. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe from: More From Magnolia
by Allysa Torey, Photographs Zeva Oelbaum