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Quick Buttercream Frosting

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  1. 6 cups - confectioners’ sugar
  2. 16 tablespoons - unsalted butter 2 sticks
  3. 4 1/2 tablespoons - milk, plus more, if needed
  4. 2 teaspoons - vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 teaspoons - salt
  6. - food colorings optional


Have all the ingredients at room temperature.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the confectioners sugar, butter, the 4 1/2 Tbs. milk, the vanilla and salt and beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

If the frosting is dry, add more milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until it is creamy but still holds peaks. Tint with food coloring as desired. Makes about 4 cups.


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