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Traditional Wedding Cake Frosting Recipe

Butter cream frosting is the best choice for flavor

By Elizabeth Park

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The wedding cake is one of the highlights of a wedding reception. Traditional butter cream frosting is the classic choice for an elegant white cake. Add coloring and flavoring and it can be easily customized for your cake. Traditional butter cream does not require any cooking. Instead it relies on pure, fresh ingredients for the ultimate wedding-cake flavor.

  • What You Need to Know
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon meringue power
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Damp cloth
  • Plastic wrap

Step 1:

Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer. Add the butter pieces. Cream the butter and the sugar with the whisk attachment until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat 1 minute to incorporate.

Step 2:

Add the almond extract, vanilla extract and meringue powder to the butter mixture and beat one minute.

Step 3:

Add the milk to the butter mixture slowly and beat at low speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Step 4:

Adjust the consistency by adding more sifted powdered sugar (to make it stiffer) or more milk (to make it softer) until it is spreadable.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • If you make more frosting than you need, can use left over frosting on cupcakes or graham crackers.
  • This recipe yields about 3 cups of frosting, which will frost two 8- or 9-inch rounds. Triple the recipe for three tiers of 8-, 10- and 12-inch rounds, which will leave plenty of frosting for piping and rose decorations.
  • Butter blends more easily when at room temperature.
  • Real butter cream frosting will soften with heat; your cake should be displayed in a cool area of the reception room.
  • While frosting cake layers, keep the frosting covered in its bowl with a damp cloth to prevent the surface from hardening.

About the Author

Betsy Park Haas has written for various newspapers and online sites.

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