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The Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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What could be sweeter than the BEST Buttercream Frosting piped on a delicious cupcake? This classic buttercream frosting is the one I used while attending culinary school in the ’70s.  Yes, they had those back then. 

I see no reason to change this classic recipe since it is perfect for frosting, cakes, and cupcakes with a spatula or a pastry bag and tip.

Buttercream frosting on a chocolate cupcake

Buttercream Frosted Cupcake

How to Make Buttercream Frosting

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Ingredients for buttercream frosting

Ingredients for Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 Stick unsalted butter softened (room temperature)
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 5 to 7 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk 
Add confectioner's sugar to butter

Add confectioner’s sugar to butter

Mixer covered with tea towel

Mixer covered with a tea towel

Adding a pinch of salt

Adding a pinch of salt

Vanilla extract added to the bowl

Vanilla extract added to the bowl

Add enough cream

Add enough cream

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Classic Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting

Icing for cookie cake
4.84 from 12 votes
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Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttercream frosting
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 213kcal


  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter softened not melted
  • 4 Cups of 10X sugar
  • 5 to 7 Tablespoons Cream or milk


  • Using an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar together at a slow speed. Then slowly add cream one tablespoon at a time until the icing mixture is firm and smooth.
  • Frost your cake or cupcakes and enjoy!



Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 7mg | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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Frosting cupcakes with pastry bag

Frosting cupcakes with a pastry bag


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Buttercream Frosting Options 

If you would like to balance out the sweetness of the frosting, you can add a pinch of salt to the frosting.


Note: Adding an extract to flavor to the frosting can change the consistency of the frosting.  I recommend adding it before adding all the cream. 

Vanilla buttercream: To make vanilla buttercream frosting add 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to the frosting. 

Some other extracts I have used in buttercream frosting are coconut, peppermint, and almond.


Another way to add some flavor to buttercream frosting is with spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, and/or cloves. Add spices 1/4 teaspoon at a time and taste before adding more. 


Buttercream frosting is perfect for tinting any color of the rainbow. I recommend using this type of food color to prevent changing the consistency of the frosting. Use a toothpick to add little at a time. 

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Monday 1st of April 2024

This recipe is great, I love buttercream moto x3m


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Tuesday 21st of November 2023

All of the information I’ve gleaned from it basically has been quite useful, and I’d for the most part want to generally commend you on really your abilities, actually contrary to popular belief. fnaf


Monday 7th of November 2022

The cupcake are the cutest!! it look delicious 🙂 Pinned! moto x3m


Monday 25th of April 2022

Hi Kippi I am from Saskatchewan Canada and follow your posts . Have a couple questions about this frosting : I have to do96 cupcakes and was wondering if I could decorate and it would keep for 2 days in cool place before anything starts melting or falling , also how many cups are your stick of butter lol😅 . Thanks Kathy

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