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Confectioners' Sugar Frosting
This is a simple and foolproof frosting that tints nicely when colored. The recipe makes enough for an 8-inch layer cake or 24 cupcakes. For more generous amounts of frosting, increase the recipe amounts.
Rating:
Serves: Makes about 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

 

 
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted if necessary
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
food coloring, optional




In the bowl of an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat together the confectioners' sugar and butter until smooth.

With the mixer running, add 3 tablespoons of milk, the vanilla and pinch of salt. Beat until smooth. Adjust the consistency with more milk or sugar.

If the frosting seems thin, let it sit for a few minutes. It may thicken up. Or set it over a bowl of ice water and whisk to thicken. If still too thin, add more sugar.

Use immediately or tint with food coloring. For intense colors, use paste colors.

For cupcakes, divide the frosting among small bowls. Tint with food coloring and use to frost the cupcakes.