Silky Vanilla Butter Frosting

"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."
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Ready In:
3 1/4 cups




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

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  1. canarygirl
    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.
  2. Jodi B.
    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.
  3. Michelle S.
    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!
  4. skat5762
    I was making Lennie's Deep Dark Chocolate Cake, and saw Anu's post that she had used this to frost it, so followed her lead. I'm glad I did. The frosting was simple to make. Its light texture, and just-right-sweetness was a perfect contrast to the ultra-black richness of the cake. Thanks, has gone into the recipe file!
  5. Anu_N
    Fabulous and really easy! I used only 3/4 cup butter, but didn't change anything else. The vanilla flavour is strong and marvellous! I used this to frost Lennie's Deep Dark Chocolate Cake (#12488).


  1. danielleccl
    YUMMY!!! I loved this frosting!! It was creamy and silky and so delicious. I frosted chocolate cupcakes but I substituted coconut extract for the vanilla and topped them with toasted flaked coconut. It was a hit!!


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