Yields enough frosting for 24 cupcakes or 1-2 layer 9″ cake

Frosted vanilla bean.

Difficulties: Easy     Prep Time: 5 min     Total Time: 12 min    


  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar – sifted
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • pinch of salt
  • 16oz unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk or cream


  • 1

    In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk together the scraped vanilla bean, salt, and butter.

  • 2

    On low/medium speed, slowly add in the sifted sugar until completely combined.

  • 3

    Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

  • 4

    Add in the vanilla and milk and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more milk if needed for spreading consistency.