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Buttercream Frosting

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
This BUTTERCREAM FROSTING is rich, creamy and delicious and easy to make. Perfect for frosting cakes, birthday cakes or cupcakes.
Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Servings 24 cupcakes


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar sifted to remove any lumps
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt optional
  • 2-3 tbsp heavy whipping cream half and half or milk can also be used
  • food coloring if desired


  • With an electric mixer, cream butter together until light and fluffy, approximately 3-5 minutes.  Butter should become a very pale yellow color.
  • Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. After each cup, mix well until powdered sugar is fully incorporated. Continue until you have added four cups of powdered sugar.
  • Add vanilla, salt and 1 tbsp of heavy cream, and mix until well combined.
    If a firmer frosting is desired, add more powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time). Add more heavy cream (a tsp at a time) if a thinner frosting is preferred.
  • Pipe or spread onto cakes, cupcakes, cookies or brownies


This recipe makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes or frost a standard size layer cake or 1/4 sheet cake. 


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0mg