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Classic White Icing

Learn how to make the best Classic White Icing with this test kitchen-approved recipe. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, and more, this will become your new go-to icing recipe.

Classic White Icing

Quick and easy to make, this vanilla buttercream recipe has been loved for decades.
Prep Time19 mins
Cook Time1 min
Chill10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best buttercream frosting, classic white frosting, Classic White Icing, frosting
Servings: 8 cups



  • 2 ½ cups Whole milk 
  • ¾ cup All-purpose flour


  • 2 ½ cups Sugar
  • 5 Sticks unsalted butter, softened (2½ cups) 
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract


  • Whisk together milk and flour in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thick and smooth, about 5 minutes, whisking often. Boil 1 minute to eliminate the starchy taste of the flour, whisking constantly. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it on the surface to prevent a skin from forming; chill until cold.
  • Cream sugar and butter in a bowl with a mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla and chilled milk mixture, beating to the consistency of whipped cream, about 5 minutes.

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Written by Lisa Yarde

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