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Favorite Vanilla Frosting

A basic vanilla cream frosting flavored with vanilla bean extract
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Vanilla Frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 12
Author Anna
Cost 5


  • 2 sticks 8 oz butter, softened
  • 1 pound 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract or Sonoma Syrups Vanilla Bean Crush
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt but only if using unsalted butter


  • Beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is soft.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla some of the milk. Beat on high until light and creamy, scraping sides of bowl.
  • Add remaining milk if needed. Taste test and add more sugar, vanilla or milk to get the consistency you want.