Almost Professional Buttercream Icing

This basic confectioners' sugar and butter based icing can be tinted with food coloring for any occasion.


2 1/2 cups


1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons milk
3 drops food coloring, or as needed (optional)


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.

Add 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.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories: 228; Total Fat: 11.6 g; Cholesterol: 31 mg; Sodium: 84 mg; Total Carbs: 31.5 g; Dietary Fiber: 0 g; Protein: 0.2 g

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