Cooked Vanilla Frosting

Cooked Vanilla Frosting

The Spruce / Loren Runion

Prep: 0 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Yield: 1 Cup
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
142 Calories
9g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
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 not as sweet as 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. This recipe yields 1 cup, enough to frost one sheet cake. If you are looking to frost a layer cake, triple the recipe to ensure enough frosting for all the layers and sides of your cake.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose 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. Gather the ingredients.

    Cooked Vanilla Frosting ingredients

    The Spruce / Loren Runion

  2. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk the milk, flour, and salt together.

    whisk the milk, flour, and salt together in a saucepan

    The Spruce / Loren Runion

  3. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

    cooked milk and flour mixture in the saucepan

    The Spruce / Loren Runion

  4. In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and room-temperature butter together until smooth and creamy. There should be no grittiness left in the mixture.

    beat sugar and butter together

    The Spruce / Loren Runion

  5. Beat in the cooled flour mixture until the mixture is light and fluffy.

    beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture

    The Spruce / Loren Runion

  6. Beat in the vanilla bean paste or extract.

    Cooked Vanilla Frosting, add vanilla

    The Spruce / Loren Runion