Everybody's Favorite Frosting

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
263 Calories
18g Fat
24g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 263
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 2g
Calcium 75mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This frosting is not as heavy as a buttercream frosting. It is more like a whipped cream frosting. The only difference is there is no cream in this fluffy frosting. Milk and flour are used instead of heavy cream. Since this frosting isn’t made strictly with heavy cream, the flour-milk combination will hold up longer. You also will find less fat in this recipe, than most whipped cream or buttercream frostings.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose​​ flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Steps to Make It

  1. Over low to medium heat, combine the milk and the flour in a saucepan.

  2. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens or coats the back of a spoon.

  3. Remove the pan from the heat and place on a cooling rack.

  4. Once the mixture is completely cool, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.

  5. This takes about 10 minutes with a regular mixer. If you're using a stand mixer, it will only take 5 minutes to mix.

  6. Blend in the milk mixture until it is combined with the butter mixture.

  7. Add in the vanilla.

  8. Mix until it all is combined and the frosting is of a spreadable, fluffy consistency.

Tips for Frosting a Three Layer Cake:

Cakes are much easier to frost if they’ve been allowed to rest for a while after baking or have been slightly frozen. These methods will keep the crumbs at bay while frosting the cake.

If you want to make a good presentation, cover the edges of your serving plate with parchment paper. You should be able to easily pull out the parchment paper after you’ve finished frosting the cake.

Place the bottom layer, bottom side up in the center of the parchment paper. If the bottom layer has an overly rounded top, slice it off first.

Flatten out the top of the frosting in the mixing bowl. Take a knife and divide it into 4 equal portions. Place 1/4 of the frosting in the middle of the bottom cake layer. Spread it evenly to the edges.

Add the next cake layer on top of the frosted bottom layer. Spread another 1/4 portion of the frosting on top of the cake layer. Be sure to spread the frosting to the edges.

Place the final cake layer on top. Spread 1/4 of the frosting on the sides of the cake. Spread the remaining frosting over the top of the cake.

Store the cake in an airtight container. If my cake is particularly appetizing, I will store it in a glass topped cake stand on top of the kitchen counter. My family also likes their cakes cold. It’s not necessary, but this cake will keep longer in the refrigerator.

Want to freeze your frosted cake?

Line a sturdy cookie sheet with a double layer of parchment paper. The bottom layer covers the entire pan. The second layer is like as it’s listed above. Just have pieces with will go around the edges. Follow the frosting instructions above. Remove the “frosted” parchment paper. Freeze the cake unwrapped overnight. The next day remove the cake from the freezer. Wrap it in plastic wrap. Place the cake in a resealable container. The cake will retain its flavor for up to 3 months. Prior to defrosting the cake, totally unwrap it. Place in your usual cake container and allow it to defrost in the refrigerator.