Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Homemade buttercream frosting is a versatile and delicious topping for cakes, cupcakes, and other baked treats. Here’s a simple recipe:


– 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
– 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
– 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– Pinch of salt (optional)


1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.

2. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar to the butter, about 1 cup at a time, mixing on low speed until well combined after each addition.

3. Once all the powdered sugar has been added, increase the mixer speed to medium-high and continue to beat the frosting until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

4. Add the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt (if using) to the frosting and mix until incorporated.

5. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the heavy cream or milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. You may need to adjust the amount of cream or milk depending on the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.

6. Once the frosting is smooth and creamy, beat it on medium-high speed for an additional 1-2 minutes to ensure it’s well mixed and fluffy.

7. Use the buttercream frosting immediately to frost your cakes or cupcakes, or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Before using chilled frosting, let it come to room temperature and beat it again briefly to soften and re-fluff it.

8. Enjoy your homemade buttercream frosting on your favorite baked goods!

Note: You can also customize this basic buttercream frosting recipe by adding different flavorings or food colorings to suit your taste preferences or the theme of your dessert.

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