Rich Butter Frosting 

 Originally Written: March 7, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on September 6, 2009 by Hanna Trafford


Here is another one of those great recipes – if you know this one, you can make variations of it and it will feel like a different things every single time! I have added the variations below the recipe – but if you try other ideas, let me know and I will gladly add them to the list!

1/4 cup of butter

1 egg

2-1/2 tp 2-3/4 cups of sifted icing sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Cream butter well, stir in the egg. Add sugar, little at a time, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

This amount is good enough for a large layer cake.


Chocolate frosting: Melt 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate. Cool slightly and beat into the above icing.

Orange frosting: Omit vanilla. Add 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 tablespoon of grated orange rind to above icing. Add more icing sugar if necessary.

Mocha frosting: Increase icing sugar to 3 -3-1/4 cups. Stir in 2 tablespoons of cocoa. Beat in strong, cold coffee, little at a time, until the frosting is soft enough to spread. 1 tablespoon of dry instant coffee with butter. Reduce vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon.

Coffee frosting: Cream 1 teaspoon of dry instant coffee with butter. Reduce vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon.

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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