How To: Make Homemade Vanilla Frosting from Scratch

Make Homemade Vanilla Frosting from Scratch

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Frosting from Scratch

This is a great quick and easy recipe and a great healthy alternative to store-bought frosting. My husband and children love this frosting, and it's also a hit at my PTA meetings. It goes great on cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or anything you desire to put frosting on.

I made this recipe because I wanted to limit the amount of preservatives I feed my family. I love making things from scratch that can be made healthier at home. It also tastes much better than anything I have tried off the shelf. I find that to be true with everything I make from scratch with more natural ingredients.

You don't have to use organic ingredients. I don't, but you can if you desire.

Thank you for reading this article, and I hope you enjoy this recipe.


  • 4 cups of powered sugar
  • 1 stick of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

How to Make It:

  1. Add 1 stick of softened butter to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  3. Slightly mix the butter and vanilla extract together.
  4. Now add the 4 cups of powdered sugar to the bowl.
  5. Slowly mix all of the ingredients together.


  • This recipe is meant to be made with a tabletop or hand mixer.
  • This frosting should not be runny.


  • To those of you who are using a tabletop mixer, please be sure to use the wisp attachment.
  • If you somehow make it too runny, add more powdered sugar.
  • Be sure to mix all ingredients gradually.
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This recipe reminds me of when I was little and watched my mother make her homade cakes, we were 12siblings and that was a lot of baking so it all was home made even bread!!

Made this frosting. I added 4 cups but was to thick, next time I'll use only 3

So I made this today. I changed it a little bit. I halved the recipe for starters, also I used refined coconut oil instead of butter and I used about 1 1/3 cup of powdered sugar because I do not like supersweet frosting. Also I added lemon extract to the mix along with the vanilla. It really makes the strawberry cupcakes I made pop. It was just enough for the 12 cupcakes and loaf cake that I got out of the recipe.

I used this recipe but dabbled a little bit of whipping cream to make it more whipped and it worked perfectly!

Please could you tell me the weights and measures in oz's please. What weight is a stick of butter and 4 cups of sugar. Thanks

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