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Buttercream Frosting

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No cake is complete until it’s beautifully iced and covered in homemade buttercream frosting. Enjoy this luxuriously creamy and silky goodness over your layered cakes, cupcakes or simply on its own right from the spatula!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk/heavy cream
  • Food coloring of your choice


  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth
  • Turn mixer speed down to low and add half of the confectioners sugar and beat well
  • Then add the vanilla extract and milk and mix until fully incorporated
  • Once combined, add salt and remaining confectioners sugar and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed
  • Increase speed and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes
  • Consistency of frosting may vary. If too loose, add more confectioners sugar, a little at a time. If too thick, add more milk, a little at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  • To color, add food coloring once buttercream is fully combined and whip back to fluffy consistency.
  • Enjoy on cupcakes, cakes and more!