Regular White Icing (Add Butter to Make Buttercream Icing)

"I love this icing with the White Cake recipe that I posted. This is not a thick icing like those you buy. This also came from my sister-in-law. We use this for lots of different baked goods that require icing."
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Ready In:
1 cake or twelve cupcakes


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 teaspoon milk, add more to desired consistancy
  • 1 dash salt (may substitute or omit)
  • 14 cup butter (for the Buttercream Icing you would add the butter to the recipe)


  • Mix powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Add milk teaspoon by teaspoon until desired consistency.
  • Dash salt.
  • Note: Do NOT pour in the milk.
  • Trust me.
  • Do this as instructed, or you will have to keep adding sugar until you get a good consistency, and then you will end up with enough icing to cover surplus amout of cakes!
  • (If you are icing everything in your home, then go right ahead).

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  1. Instructions unclear; entire house now iced
  2. I liked this icing b/c it didn't call for shortening. It was a good buttercream icing. I doubled the batch to icing 2 layer cake and it just made it!
  3. Idk HOW much milk I added, but it's great!!! I just need more extract.
  4. I have been trying to find a white or buttercream icing that is not super sweet. This is what I have been looking for! AMAZING!
  5. I think you are so funny! Thanks for the laugh. I chose to go the route of icing everything in my home! LOL! J/K!!! Still giggling over here!


  1. I doubled the milk, turned out great. I also used lemon extract instead of vanilla for my lemon cake.
  2. This was excellent! I made cupcakes using 1 box of cake mix and 1 can of pumpkin, and I wanted to jazz them up a little. To make it a little more chocolate-y I substituted out the last 1/2 c of powdered sugar for hot cocoa mix (it was all I had). Turned out fabulous!


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