Old-Fashioned Cooked Vanilla Frosting

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Ratings (44)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 0 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 layer frosting (8-12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
142 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
(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 frosting.

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

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  • 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 milk, flour, and 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 sugar and 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.