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Buttercream Frosting Without Powdered Sugar

Buttercream Frosting Without Powdered Sugar

Simple and delicious vanilla buttercream frosting perfect for cakes, cupcakes and more! Soft and creamy with an airy texture almost like a whipped cake frosting.

This is one of my favorite all around ermine frosting recipes and it’s perfect for when you don’t have, or don’t want to use, powdered sugar.

And all you have to do is substitute granulated sugar for the powdered sugar and it works beautifully.

And the texture is still smooth and creamy, which grittiness is the main problem with frostings sans powdered sugar. It offers a sweet, but not too sweet, flavor to compliment the excellent texture.

How To Make Frosting Without Powdered Sugar

frosting being whipped by mixer

It’s easily the best frosting without powdered sugar I’ve ever had and I hop you love it too! This recipe yields enough frosting to handle two dozen cupcakes or a two layer cake.


  • 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Salted Butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt

Add your flour and milk to a saucepan. Whisk it by hand until well combined. Bring to medium low heat and stir until it thickens.

Remove saucepan from heat and stir in your pure vanilla extract.

Allow the contents to cool completely.

In a different mixing bowl, add your sugar, salt, and room temp butter and mix until fluffy.

Once your milk mixture is completely cooled to room temperature add it to your butter mixture and beat with your hand mixer until it is light and fluffy.

Frosting Without Powdered Sugar FAQ

Does my frosting need to be refrigerated?

Any unused frosting should be refrigerated. It can be chilled for up to one week.

What type of milk should I use?

Any fat content milk will work, but I’ve found whole milk to offer the best consistency and flavor.

What type of salt should I use?

You can use either salted or unsalted but I’ve had the best results with salted butter.

Do I have to use pure vanilla extract?

I highly recommend pure over imitation vanilla extract. You can also use almond extract for this frosting if you wish.

How long do I cook the milk?

Undercooking your milk will result in less than ideal frosting. Make sure to cook until it is a thick paste like consistency.

Important: Make sure milk cools all the way down to room temperature or your frosting will be runny.

Will my frosting be gritty?

Not if you use this recipe. Your frosting will be smooth and creamy.

Can I use food coloring?

Yes you can, it will not change the consistency of your frosting.

cupcakes being frosted

Frosting Without Powdered Sugar

Smooth and creamy frosting perfect for cakes and cupcakes.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 100 kcal


  • Mixer
  • Saucepan
  • Mixing Bowl


  • Cups Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • Cups Whole Milk
  • Cups Salted Butter
  • Tbs. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch Salt


  • Add milk and all purpose flour to a saucepan and bring to medium low heat while stirring constantly. Stir until it is a thick paste like consistency.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely to room temperature.
  • Once cool, add your vanilla extract and stir it in.
  • In a separate bowl, with hand mixer mix room temperature butter, salt, and sugar until well blended and light and fluffy.
  • Add your cooled milk mixture and blend until it is a whipped consistency.


Calories: 100kcal
Keyword Buttercream, Frosting
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