Quick and Almost-Professional Buttercream Icing

After failing to find the perfect recipe for buttercream icing, I found one that worked for me and then added my own two cents.

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  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 drops food coloring, or as needed


  • Cream room temperature butter with a hand mixer, the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, or a wooden spoon until smooth and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract.
  • Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Add food coloring, if using, and beat for thirty seconds until smooth or until desired color is reached.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 227.9 calories
  • Carbohydrate Content: 31.5 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 30.8 mg
  • Fat Content: 11.6 g
  • Fiber Content:
  • Protein Content: 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 7.3 g
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  • Sodium Content: 83.7 mg
  • Sugar Content: 31 g
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