wikiHow to Make Homemade Vanilla Frosting

Three Methods:Powdered Sugar Vanilla Frosting"7 Minute" Cooked Vanilla FrostingVanilla Buttercream Frosting

Making your own vanilla frosting is almost as easy as using the stuff in a can, and you will definitely be able to taste the difference. With just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand, you can create a delicious homemade frosting to use on cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Read on for instructions on how to make a quick powdered sugar frosting, the famous "7 minute" cooked vanilla frosting, and a rich vanilla buttercream frosting.


Powdered Sugar Vanilla Frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream

"7 Minute" Cooked Vanilla Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Method 1
Powdered Sugar Vanilla Frosting

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    Measure and pour the ingredients into a medium sized bowl.
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    Beat the ingredients. Use either a hand mixer or a whisk to fully incorporate the ingredients until they are smooth. Keep whipping the ingredients until you achieve a fluffy and smooth texture.
    • If the frosting seems too runny, add more powdered sugar.
    • If it's too thick, add another teaspoon of cream.
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    Use the frosting immediately or chill in an airtight container. It should spread easily on your cake or cookies.

Method 2
"7 Minute" Cooked Vanilla Frosting

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    Place a mixing bowl in a pan of simmering water. Be sure to pick a saucepan large enough to fit a mixing bowl inside. Fill the pan with a few inches of water, and set it on a burner turned to medium heat. When the water is simmering, place the mixing bowl inside the pan.[1]
    • Don't use too much water. You only need enough to get the mixing bowl hot; make sure you don't use so much that water gets into the mixing bowl.
    • Heat the water only to simmering, not boiling.
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    Make the icing mixture. Place the egg whites, sugar, and corn syrup in the bowl. Use a spoon to stir them together. Switch to a whisk and keep stirring as the mixture heats up and the sugar dissolves.
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    Check the temperature. Use a candy temperature to check the temperature of the mixture. When it reaches 160 degrees, it's ready for the next stage.
    • Be sure not to let the mixture get hotter than 160 degrees; otherwise, it will burn.
    • You can check to see if the mixture is hot enough by examining the texture; the sugar should be completely dissolved, and the mixture should look clear. It should take about 2 minutes.
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    Whip the icing. Using a whisk or an electric mixer, beat the icing until it whips into fluffy, glossy peaks. Add the vanilla and keep beating for a total of five minutes. Remove the icing from heat and keep beating if necessary until the frosting reaches the texture you desire. It's now ready to use on your cake or cupcakes.
    • 7 minute icing is a popular choice for birthday cakes, since it has a pretty white color and classic vanilla flavor.
    • You can flavor this icing with lemon or another type of extract as well.

Method 3
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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    Whip the butter. Take the room temperature butter and place it in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer, or a regular mixing bowl if you're using a hand mixer. Whip the butter until it's light and fluffy, which makes it easier to mix with other ingredients.[2]
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    Cream the butter and sugar. Add the sugar to the mixing bowl. Whip it together with the butter until you have a creamy, fluffy mixture.
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    Mix in the vanilla and cream. With the mixer still running, pour in the vanilla and cream. Keep beating until the frosting is thick, but spreadable. Taste the frosting; if it needs more vanilla, add a bit.
    • A pinch of salt can provide a nice contrast to the sweet vanilla flavor.
    • Loosen the frosting by adding another teaspoon of cream if necessary.

Things You'll Need


  • When making the powdered sugar frosting, add additional liquid just a little at a time. Too much liquid can completely alter the texture of the frosting, making it too runny.

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