vanilla cupcakes a la Magnolia_comp  “What a smooth, creamy, not sickenly sweet, delicious frosting this is!  Copycat recipes for this famed New York City bakery frosting are everywhere.  This is my version.  I go easy on the confectioner’s sugar and add vanilla bean paste which I think really kicks up the vanilla taste a knotch and I love to see the vanilla bean flecks.  And besides, vanilla is my very favorite flavor so I love vanilla bean paste!  But if you don’t have vanilla bean paste, you can leave it out and still have a wonderful buttercream frosting.  

Here is another case where the technique is the secret, not the recipe really.  If you follow the technique exactly and use a timer to get the accurate beating time you will get a little taste of heaven with your cake or cupcake!  

This makes enough for 24 cupcakes, a two-layer nine-inch cake, or a 13 x 9-inch cake.  Enjoy!”


1 cup butter, softened
6 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste 


1. Use your mixer’s paddle attachment and combine butter, 4 cups of the confectioner’s sugar, milk, vanilla extract,  and vanilla bean paste.
2. Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes exactly.
3. Gradually add remaining confectioner’s sugar, 1 cup at, a time, beating for 2 minutes after each addition. You may wish to add more confectioner’s sugar if you want it stiffer to pipe.
4. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Re-whip frosting before use.

Nutritional Information

Magnolia Bakery Buttercream Frosting, My Version

Amount Per Serving:  1/3 cup
Calories: 249
Calories from Fat: 68

* % Daily Value *
* Total Fat 7g 11%
* Saturated Fat 5g 27%
* Cholesterol 20mg 7%
* Sodium 59mg 2%
* Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
* Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
* Protein 0g 0%
* Sugars 48g
* Vitamin A 6%
* Vitamin C 0%
* Calcium 1%
* Iron 0%

* * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



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