Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over 20 years. She has cooked on multiple television stations, including the Food Network.
How to Make Buttercream Frosting
Quick and Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Buttercream frosting is one of the best tools you can have in your arsenal. Absolutely delicious when homemade, it can be used on any number of cakes or cupcakes exactly as it is.
You can also vary the recipe in almost endless ways, changing the extracts, the liquid used, or adding any number of additions. Instead of cream, use orange juice and orange zest, or replace part of the cream with a tablespoon of bourbon or apple juice. Add cocoa and a little more cream to make a rich, fudgy version. You really can tailor buttercream frosting into the perfect match for any dessert.
However, you'll never go wrong with using this simple buttercream frosting recipe exactly the way it is. Once you know how to make buttercream frosting, you'll never want the stuff from the store again. Using real, fresh ingredients makes all the difference in the world—and you'll realize that since it takes almost no time at all, it's easier to make from scratch than it is to go to the store!
Buttercream Frosting Ingredients
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Optional—one of the glorious things about this frosting is that you can flavor it in almost endless variety. Try swapping out the vanilla for almond, peppermint or lemon extract. You can add a little bourbon and use on caramel cookies, or use Chambord for a raspberry flavor. Seriously—you can do anything with this stuff!
Buttercream Frosting Directions
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar together with an electric mixer on medium speed. Beat until light and fluffy—the mixture will almost resemble coarse sand.
- In a second small bowl, mix together the heavy cream and vanilla. Slowly drizzle in the cream mixture, a tablespoon at a time, beating and scraping down the sides of the bowl, until the frosting is at the correct spreading consistency.
- Use however you'd like—we love it on chocolate cakes especially, but it's also perfect on simple white cake as well.
Note: Watch the consistency of the frosting as you add the last tablespoon or so of the cream. If your frosting is too loose, don't add the last little bit. If the frosting is too stiff, add a teaspoon or so extra cream. This often can happen as the temperature fluctuates, so use the cream to make the frosting the exact, spreadable, consistency you want.
Start With the Butter in the Buttercream!
Beat Until Light and Fluffy
Heavy Cream and Vanilla Extract
Add the Cream a Little at a Time
Beat Frosting Until It Reaches Desired Consistency
Perfect Buttercream Frosting
Check out the Quick Tutorial - How to Make Buttercream Frosting
How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract
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Dee Cortiglio on January 11, 2018:
How do you make this into chocolate buttercream frosting?