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Classic White Icing

Learn how to make the best Classic White Icing with this test kitchen-approved recipe. Perfect for cakes, cupcakes, and more, this will become your new go-to icing recipe.


8 cups

Total Time

20 minutes + chilling

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Whisk together milk and flour in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thick and smooth, about 5 minutes, whisking often. Boil 1 minute to eliminate the starchy taste of the flour, whisking constantly. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it on the surface to prevent a skin from forming; chill until cold.

Cream sugar and butter in a bowl with a mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla and chilled milk mixture, beating to the consistency of whipped cream, about 5 minutes.

Watch our Frosting Fun video for decorative piping techniques!

Step 1

Cook the milk and flour for the icing until thick and smooth, stirring frequently. It should resemble pudding.

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