Buttercream Frosting III

This basic buttery frosting has unmatchable homemade taste. With a few simple variations, you can come up with different colors and flavors-from orange, lemon and mint to chocolate and peanut butter.

Yield

4 cups (12 servings)

Ingredients

1 cup butter (no substitutes), room temperature
8 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

Directions

In a mixing bowl, cream butter. Beat in sugar and vanilla. Add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 10 minutes

Variation

Chocolate Frosting: Substitute 1/2 cup baking cocoa for 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar.

Peanut Butter Frosting: Substitute peanut butter for butter.

Lemon-or Orange-Flavored Frosting: Substitute lemon or orange juice for milk and add 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange peel.

Almond-or Peppermint-Flavored Frosting: Substitute almond or peppermint extract for the vanilla. Liquid or paste food coloring may be added to match flavoring (green for mint, for example) or for contrast when decorating.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (2 tablespoons): 453 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 80 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

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