Old-Fashioned Cooked Vanilla Frosting

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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 0 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1 layer frosting (8-12 servings)
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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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What You'll Need

  • 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)

How 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.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 142
    Total Fat 9 g
    Saturated Fat 5 g
    Unsaturated Fat 3 g
    Cholesterol 21 mg
    Sodium 148 mg
    Carbohydrates 14 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Protein 1 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)