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Vanilla Buttercream Frosting with Flavor Variations

Spice Islands®

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting with Flavor Variations


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Enough for 13 x 9-inch cake, an 8-inch 2-layer cake OR 24 cupcakes


1/2 cup butter, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract

3 to 5 tablespoons milk


Combine butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer.  Add vanilla and enough milk to make desired consistency.  Beat for 1 to 2 minutes until very creamy.  Spread over cake.

Browned Butter Variation:  Heat butter in a small saucepan until well browned.  Watch carefully so that the butter doesn't burn.  Cool at least 1 hour.  Prepare frosting as above.

Raspberry Variation:  Add 1/4 fresh or well drained frozen and thawed raspberries to butter and powdered sugar.  Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 to 3 tablespoons milk and prepare as above.

Peanut Butter Variation:  Reduce butter to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup peanut butter.  Prepare frosting as above.

Mint Chip Variation:  Reduce vanilla to 1 teaspoon and add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and a few drops green food coloring. Prepare frosting as above.  Fold in 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.

Cookies and Creme Variation:  Prepare frosting as above.  Beat in 1 cup coarsely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. Spread frosting over cake and garnish with more cookies.

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