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Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting is a simple and easy way to make a creamy sweet frosting for all your favorite desserts! Whether you are making chocolate or vanilla frosting, it only takes 3 ingredients!

Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting on a white cupcake.


Frosting—making the world a lovelier place, one cookie, cupcake or pastry at a time. This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and butter. That’s it! Three ingredients to make a delicious frosting for any treat that dares! This frosting is rich and creamy and so, so easy to make. There’s even a chocolate version! Skip the store-bought can of frosting and whip up some yumminess using this super handy and versatile ingredient: sweetened condensed milk. Use this frosting to make our famous chocolate cupcakes or try our vanilla cupcakes.

Don’t I need powdered sugar to make frosting?

No. This recipe is so simple, it’s ridiculous! No extra sugar needed—all the sweetness we need comes from the sweetened condensed milk.

How much frosting does this recipe make? How many cupcakes can this recipe frost?

This recipe for vanilla sweetened condensed milk frosting makes about 3 cups of frosting, while the chocolate version produces about 2 cups. Depending on how thick you like your frosting, you can easily frost 12 cupcakes or one 9” x 13” pan cake with this recipe.

PRO TIP: For vanilla sweetened condensed milk frosting,  make sure you chill your can of condensed milk in the fridge for at least 2 hours in advance, preferably overnight.

If you like this recipe, you may also enjoy some of these other frosting recipes:

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Bird's eye view of Chocolate and Vanilla Sweetened Condensed Milk frosting on cupcakes.
Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting on a white cupcake.
Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting is a simple and easy way to make a creamy sweet frosting for all your favorite desserts! Whether you are making chocolate or vanilla frosting, it only takes 3 ingredients!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Ingredients

Vanilla Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

  • 1 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 1 (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk cold
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

  • 2 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate roughly chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions

Vanilla Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to whip softened butter until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  • Slowly whip in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract until thoroughly mixed in.

Chocolate Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat,  melt chocolate in sweetened condensed milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 5 to 7 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Let cool before frosting. 
Notes
PRO TIP: For the vanilla frosting, make sure you chill your can of condensed milk in the fridge for at least 2 hours in advance, preferably overnight. It does not need to be chilled for the chocolate frosting.
 
This recipe yields approximately 3 cups of vanilla frosting and 2 cups of chocolate frosting.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1890IU | Calcium: 18mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting
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Anthony
March 1, 2020 7:10 pm

5 stars
Made this vanilla recipe with 3T of cocoa powder and a dash of salt. Turned out great with a nice mellow chocolate flavor.

Roxanne Davlin
April 13, 2020 5:35 am

5 stars
I love your recipe and videos thank you so much

Dario Hernandez
May 19, 2020 8:42 pm

Really good frosting and quick and easy recipe thank’s

Bridget
April 21, 2020 12:21 am

5 stars
Wow wow wow thank you w hat an easy recipe thank you for sharing

Nape
April 28, 2020 2:38 am
Reply to  Bridget

5 stars
Lovely! So simple yet amazing, thank you so much hun

Kath
April 13, 2020 9:55 am

Love this easy and quick creamy frosting. I will be making this frosting more often. Creamy and delicious.

Kath
April 13, 2020 9:56 am
Reply to  Kath

5 stars
This is a five star to me!

Marisa Bhana
April 9, 2020 7:23 am

Followed the recipe and it worked out perfectly! Thank you.

Hughanne Nopper
October 8, 2020 6:51 pm

5 stars
It was easy, it was delicious and it looked lovely. BUT, I had to go and add food colouring. I guess all the extra whipping did something to the structure and it turned grainy. Still tasted ok but looked yucky. Do not add food colouring.

Sara
November 20, 2020 10:23 am

Next time if you want to add color go to your local store where you buy your cake mixes and hopefully they sell Wilton Cake Supplies in that same place. Wilton sells spray on color for decorating your cakes and cookies, cupcakes etc. It should not change the texture of your icing since it’s just a spray on for the very top.

Kimberley Gowland
October 4, 2020 1:34 pm

5 stars
This was a great recipe! I would’ve followed it to the letter but am at a vacation house and only could use ingredients I had on hand…sweetened condensed milk, Bakers WHITE CHOCOLATE baking chocolate (I had no unsweetened milk/dark chocolate), and salted caramel whiskey (no vanilla on hand!)
I used it to frost a strawberry-flavored (boxed mix) cake. It’s absolutely delicious and I will attempt to make it again using the ingredients as written. Thank you for saving me at the last minute!

Debbie Pfaff
October 3, 2020 3:35 pm

I have a quick question; can you use fat-free sweetened condensed milk for this frosting? Or do you need to use regular SCM? Thank you, can’t wait to try this!

October 6, 2020 2:12 pm
Reply to  Debbie Pfaff

We do not recommend using fat free sweetened condensed milk.

Bulu
April 24, 2020 6:58 am

U r awesome.love you….I was thinking how to make frosting for cake,which can be easily made at home….U made my day
Thank you so much

Anonymous
October 31, 2020 2:52 am

Can someone please tell me how much is 14 ounces of the condensed milk in cups?

kathy matthees
November 6, 2020 1:50 pm
Reply to  Anonymous

1 3/4 cups

cathy morse
October 26, 2020 6:33 pm

5 stars
So great didn’t know this recipe. Was looking for a frosting for a mounds bar cake i was trying to come up with. Only thing not sure if cake should refrigerated with this frosting?

Marla A Franko-Galvin
October 15, 2020 7:02 pm

5 stars
Absolutely love the recipe for French bread!

Marla A Franko-Galvin
October 15, 2020 6:57 pm

5 stars
Thanks for the recipes! They’re awesome!

Patsy
September 30, 2020 4:57 pm

Fantastic. Love it

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