Irresistible Butter Frosting

Irresistible Butter Frosting

Tint this versatile butter frosting in a variety of colors when decorating cut-out cookies, or tint the entire amount one color to frost a special birthday cake.

5 min. prep time
3 cups
151 Rating


4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
Food color, if desired


Combine all ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Tint with food color, if desired. Add additional half & half, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach desired spreading consistency.

Recipe Tip

For a no-mess disposable pastry bag, spoon icing into a clean resealable plastic food bag. Seal; snip off corner. Decorate cake or cookies by squeezing frosting through hole.

Nutrition Facts (1 tablespoon)

Calories: 80

Fat: 2.5g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 25mg

Carbohydrates: 13g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 0g

Recipe #10428©1998Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Because the frosting calls for half and half, does that mean that the cake would have to be refrigerated? Or will the frosting be okay at room temperature.
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Pat, you can keep the frosting at room temperature for about 2 hours, otherwise we'd suggest keeping it stored in the refrigerated. Happy baking!
Posted December 21, 2015
Very easy with ingredients most of us have on hand. I made it for a birthday cake and it spread nicely and then I tinted it and put it in a piping bag to decorate the cake. It flowed smoothly and held its shape, which is a plus. Some frostings just won't do that.

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