How To Make Buttercream Frosting

How To Make Buttercream Frosting

This buttercream frosting is so simple, creamy, and ridiculously delicious. It’s made with simple, easily available ingredients, like butter and vanilla, and it’s ready in just a couple of minutes.

This buttercream whips up super fluffy pretty quickly and is literally the perfect icing on the cake of any homemade treat. What’s more, it makes for a great base for other frosting flavors too. You can try adding different extracts like mint, lemon, etc. and a little food coloring.

Be sure to use a good-quality unsalted butter for excellent results. Good quality butter tastes great on its own and has high fat content. Make sure it’s unsalted as your frosting might end up tasting salty. Take your butter out of the fridge and allow to sit for about 30 to 60 minutes to soften it to room temperature.

How To Make Buttercream Frosting

How To Make Buttercream Frosting

You can use your buttercream to top your favorite cupcakes, spread it on sugar cookies, fill and frost a layer cake with it, frost your brownies, use it as sandwich between shortbread or even eat it on its own, it really just depends on your preference.


  • 1 cup (230 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups (360 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt to taste
How To Make Buttercream Frosting

How To Make Buttercream Frosting


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and mix on low speed at first, then increase to medium speed and continue mixing for about 2 minutes until the mixture starts to come together.
  3. Add in the heavy cream, start with 2 tablespoons and add a little more if needed, vanilla extract, and salt and continue mixing on medium-high speed for another minute or until everything is well combined.

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