Buttercream Frosting. With 4 basic ingredients, a mixer, and 10 minutes you can have homemade creamy classic icing for cakes and cookies.
Is frosting one of the love languages? If not it should be, and this recipe is definitely mine!
This classic is a super simple way to make a box cake mix and some sprinkles feel special.
- Frosting and icings are not an exact science thanks to climate and weather, so add your cream a little at a time. You may not need all that the recipe calls for, depending on how stiff you need your frosting.
- Don’t panic – the great thing about this recipe is it is forgiving – not thin enough add more cream, not thick enough add more powdered sugar.
- Always taste test as your mixing – and I don’t just say that for fun. You may want to add more vanilla to get the desired taste you’re looking for!
- My recipe calls for salted butter, sweets need salt for the full flavor. If you are uncomfortable using all salted butter you can do half unsalted.
- If you want true white icing I recommend using white food coloring, this is made with butter and while you cream the butter till it is pale it will still have an off-white color to the icing.
Besides by the spoonful try it on my Chocolate Cake Mix Bakery Cake!
Also is the perfect recipe for my Halloween Cookie Dippers and Christmas Cookie Dippers!
Classic Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup salted butter - softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
- In a mixing bowl add your butter and beat until smooth and pale. Whip it and then whip it more, it will become pale and perfectly smooth
- Slowly add in 1½ cups of your powdered sugar, 1 Tablespoon of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla - continue mixing until smooth
- Add in the remaining 1½ cups of powdered sugar and 1 Tablespoon of heavy cream and continue mixing until smooth. Taste test for flavor - add more vanilla if you want more flavor. If you need the frosting a thinner consistency add small amounts of cream until desired consistency.
- If using white food coloring, or any food coloring the final step is to get the desired color.
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator