How to Make Buttercream Icing - Vanilla or Chocolate

Use this recipe to make a vanilla or chocolate buttercream frosting. Possibilities are endless! I even made a Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting from this recipe which was unbelievable!

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How to Make Buttercream Icing - Vanilla or Chocolate Recipe
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You should probably bake a cake unless you're happy to just sit there and eat all the frosting by itself. Which you may actually want to do once you taste it. 😉

You should probably bake a cake unless you're happy to just sit there and eat all the frosting by itself. Which you may actually want to do once you taste it. 😉

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Gather all of your ingredients together.

Gather all of your ingredients together.

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Pour the milk into a small saucepan and heat over a med-low flame.

Pour the milk into a small saucepan and heat over a med-low flame.

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Gradually whisk the flour into the milk, stirring constantly until it thickens.

Gradually whisk the flour into the milk, stirring constantly until it thickens.

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Whisk, whisk, whisk!

Whisk, whisk, whisk!

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It should look like this.

It should look like this.

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Doesn't that look appetising? 😝

Doesn't that look appetising? 😝

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Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.

Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.

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Now let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Now let the mixture cool to room temperature.

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Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add your butter.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add your butter.

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Add the granulated sugar to the bowl.

Add the granulated sugar to the bowl.

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Add the sifted cocoa powder. Skip this step if making vanilla frosting.

Add the sifted cocoa powder. Skip this step if making vanilla frosting.

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Now you have to combine it all.

Now you have to combine it all.

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If you have a hand mixer, mix it for about 5 mins, or until light and fluffy. If you forgot to buy one like I did, mix it by hand. If you don't feel like being bothered, get your kids to mix it. 😉

If you have a hand mixer, mix it for about 5 mins, or until light and fluffy. If you forgot to buy one like I did, mix it by hand. If you don't feel like being bothered, get your kids to mix it. 😉

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Now add the flour and milk mixture to the bowl.

Now add the flour and milk mixture to the bowl.

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Beat it like mad until the sugar is dissolved and its the consistency of whipped cream. If it looks like its separating, just keep beating, it'll be okay.

Beat it like mad until the sugar is dissolved and its the consistency of whipped cream. If it looks like its separating, just keep beating, it'll be okay.

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Now you can eat it all! Or......frost your cake with it.

Now you can eat it all! Or......frost your cake with it.

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I chose the cake option. Reluctantly. 😞

I chose the cake option. Reluctantly. 😞

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If you're having a warm day and the frosting seems to be melting a little, just put it in the fridge or freezer until it firms up a bit. Whip it again briefly before using.

If you're having a warm day and the frosting seems to be melting a little, just put it in the fridge or freezer until it firms up a bit. Whip it again briefly before using.

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My boys couldn't wait for me to chill the frosting, so I forged ahead! Middle completed, now frost the outside.

My boys couldn't wait for me to chill the frosting, so I forged ahead! Middle completed, now frost the outside.

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Just plop it on there and spread it around.

Just plop it on there and spread it around.

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Now eat it all quickly! Or, you can just eat a little and store the rest somewhere cool. Up to you. 😊

Now eat it all quickly! Or, you can just eat a little and store the rest somewhere cool. Up to you. 😊

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Presentation doesn't bloody matter, no ones gonna see it in your belly!

Presentation doesn't bloody matter, no ones gonna see it in your belly!

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Using this recipe I made a chocolate mint chip frosting for my sons 9th birthday. Just add a few drops of green food coloring, a couple drops of mint oil and some roughly chopped milk chocolate chips.

Using this recipe I made a chocolate mint chip frosting for my sons 9th birthday. Just add a few drops of green food coloring, a couple drops of mint oil and some roughly chopped milk chocolate chips.

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The best freakin thing ever!! Tasted just like the ice cream!

The best freakin thing ever!! Tasted just like the ice cream!

Ingredients

7 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour 
Cups Milk 
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract 
Cups Unsalted butter 
Cups Granulated sugar 
1 Pinch Salt 
¾ Cups Cocoa Powder if making chocolate frosting 
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