Classic Vanilla Icing For Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

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This isn’t your average cinnamon roll icing. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and creamy, light and fluffy, that takes your homemade cinnamon rolls to the next level. It’s easy to make with pantry staples, requires no fancy equipment, and comes together in just minutes.

This recipe yields enough icing to generously frost a batch of about 12 cinnamon rolls, but feel free to adjust the quantities based on your needs.

Minute Cream Cheese Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls
Minute Cream Cheese Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls


β…“ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ΒΌ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk (add one tablespoon at a time)
  • Directions:

    1. Cream the Butter: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the softened butter until light and fluffy. This should take about 2 minutes.

    2. Sift in the Powdered Sugar: Gradually add the powdered sugar to the creamed butter, mixing on low speed until just incorporated. Once all the sugar is added, increase the speed to medium and beat for another minute until light and fluffy.

    3. Season and Extract: Add the salt and vanilla extract to the mixture and beat on low speed to combine.

    4. Adjust the Consistency: Here comes the magic! Slowly add the milk, one tablespoon at a time, beating on low speed after each addition. This will help you achieve the perfect icing consistency – spreadable but not runny.

    Tip: If you accidentally add too much milk and the icing becomes too thin, simply add more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.

    5. Frost Away! Once you’ve achieved the perfect texture, spread the icing generously over your cooled cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, about 2 tablespoons):

    Calories: 190

  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 60mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Sugar: 22g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Note: These are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    This easy and delicious icing recipe is sure to become your go-to for topping all your cinnamon roll creations. It’s simple to make, uses common ingredients, and can be easily adjusted to your desired sweetness and consistency. So ditch the store-bought frosting and try this homemade version – your taste buds will thank you!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I use a stand mixer instead of an electric mixer?

    Absolutely! A stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment will work perfectly for creaming the butter and mixing the icing.

    2. My icing seems too thick. What can I do?

    Just add a little more milk, one teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.

    3. My icing seems too thin. How do I fix it?

    If you accidentally added too much milk, simply add more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until the icing thickens up.

    4. Can I use a different type of milk?

    Yes! You can substitute dairy milk with non-dairy alternatives like almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk.

    5. How long will this icing stay fresh?