Cooked Vanilla Frosting

Cupcake with vanilla frosting

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 0 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
142 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 142
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 30mg 2%
*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 vanilla frosting is an old-fashioned cooked frosting that's easy for anyone to make. It's less sweet than the typical powdered sugar or buttercream frostings.

Use vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract to make this frosting.

For a gluten-free and dairy-free version, try this Vanilla Frosting recipe.


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 ounces butter (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

Steps to Make It

  1. Whisk 1/2 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of flour, and a pinch of salt together in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

  2. Beat 1/2 cup of sugar and 4 ounces of butter together until smooth and creamy. There should be no grittiness left in the mixture. Beat in cooled flour mixture until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla or vanilla bean paste.