Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 8 mins

This is not your usual butter-cream made with powdered sugar. Butter is beaten into a flour-thickened base to make an exquisitely light and creamy frosting. Not overly sweet like those made with powdered sugar, but sweet enough to be the perfect compliment for a cake. Make sure the base is completely cooled before beating in the butter. I added in 15 minutes cooling time, but it will vary depending on conditions.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In 2-quart saucepan, thoroughly combine sugar and flour.
  2. With wire whisk, gradually stir in milk until smooth.
  3. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened and boils.
  4. Reduce heat to low; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  6. In medium bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter until light and fluffy.
  7. Gradually beat in milk mixture; beat in vanilla.


Most Helpful

I'm sorry to say that I didn't really care for this frosting. I too, used it to frost a dark chocolate cake. It was easy to make, but to us, the taste of the flour came through, more than the vanilla. The idea is a great one--less sweet frosting is what really appealed to me, though I think that using flour may not be the way to go.

canarygirl September 29, 2002

We loved this frosting! Followed the recipe as posted & it was so simple to make. Made sure to boil the mixture for a good 2 minutes; that really thickens it & also eliminates the flour taste. It took a good 1/2 hr to cool. With an electric hand mixer, slowly incorporated the milk mixture into the whipped butter. Like others, I baked Lennie's Deep Dark Chocolate Cake (oh Lennie, this cake deserves to be in the hall of fame) & the frosting was so well suited to this cake. Had to wait an entire day to rate these recipes because I wanted to see if the frosting & cake was as good straight out of the fridge. The cake & the frosting were even better cold! If you find frosting with powder sugar a bit too sweet, I highly recommend using this vanilla butter frosting.

Jodi B. February 23, 2003

I hearby swear that I will NEVER use another vanilla frosting! This was too good to be true! It is absolutely silken in texture, not gritty or teeth aching sweet! I have been searching forever for a frosting like this...Sharlene, I am forever in your debt. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is fab on chocolate cake, but I think DH wanted to lick the bowl clean, so I think it would be great on anything!

Michelle S. March 18, 2003

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