Buttercream Cake Frosting

A touch of red food coloring gives this buttercream frosting recipe a lovely pink hue.

Buttercream Cake Frosting Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Buttercream Cake Frosting for 15 servings:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 7 drops red food coloring

Buttercream Cake Frosting Cooking Instructions

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The following are the steps to cook Buttercream Cake Frosting easily:

  1. 1 Beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add 3 cups of the sifted confectioners' sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the vanilla, salt, and 1/3 cup of the milk. Gradually beat in the 3 remaining cups of confectioner's sugar. Beat in additional milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) if needed, to make frosting of spreading consistency. If desired tint the frosting pink with 6 to 8 drops of red food coloring.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 273 calories; 9.4 grams of fat; 48.2 grams of carbohydrates; 0.3 grams of protein; 25 milligrams of cholesterol; 108 milligrams of sodium.

  1. May 16th 2011

    As I added the sugar I found four cups worked for me so I stopped right there and only added enough milk to get it to the proper consistency for piping onto cupcakes. I wanted a true butte ...

  2. Feb 10th 2007

    Fast, easy and delicious frosting recipe! This is the first time I have ever made frosting myself and was surprised at how great it tasted!

  3. Jan 17th 2007

    I used this recipe for my twins' first birthday cakes. I did cut the recipe in half and added more red food coloring for a pinker color. Really liked the flavor. Had to keep it in the fri ...

  4. Jan 13th 2007

    I was wanting a recipe that I could tint several different colors for my daughter's b-day cake. This was perfect. When I went to make it, I realized I only had about 5 cups of powdered sug ...

  5. Aug 13th 2004

    I cut recipe amount by 1/3 and still had enough for 2 one layer cakes and a dozen cupcakes! I found the taste very sweet, so I added extra vanilla extract and some almond extract. Good fo ...

  6. Jan 27th 2004

    Great recipe. Very, very, very sweet, though -- and this is coming from someone who likes sweet things. Also, you may need to add a little more milk than the recipe calls for to get it "spre ...

  7. Dec 20th 2002

    hate to break the chain of enthusiastic reviews, but this was just not so top-notch for me. I have quite the sweet tooth and even I found this too be a bit too sweet. those who ate the cak ...

  8. Sep 29th 2002

    I bake a lot of cakes and finally found the perfect frosting. Not only is it delicious and perfect! It made a nice size amount so I could frost a 2 layer cake. This will be a staple in my ...

  9. Nov 11th 2001

    This is a really delicious frosting, and spreads really well on cakes and cookies. The only thing I do differently is to use unsalted butter, or leave out the salt in the recipe.