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Looking for the perfect cake or cupcake frosting? Try this 5 minute homemade buttercream frosting. It’s perfect with any flavor cake and the best I’ve had!

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Homemade Buttercream Frosting
Homemade Buttercream Frosting
 

When it comes to a good cake or cupcake, you can’t skimp on the frosting.  Frosting has the power to make or break and entire cake.

Forget what kind the cake is, chocolate, red velvet, vanilla, sweet potato – that is what it is.  And forget the filling.  All of that doesn’t matter if the first thing you taste is bad frosting.    

The frosting though can either turn that delicious cake into an amazing cake or an Ehh cake.  

This Homemade Buttercream Frosting will certainly take any cake or cupcake from generic to amazing.  

I tend to be one of those people, when I attend a birthday or a wedding, will gingerly pick out the actual cake and eat that while leaving the frosting on my plate.  

Are you with me?  Generally speaking formal cake frosting is packed with lard and Crisco and BLAH ingredients that taste more like wax to me than yummy frosting.

However, that isn’t the case with this frosting.  

This frosting is simple to make, tastes EXACTLY like buttercream should and works well with any flavor of cupcake or cake.  

You can use it as a filling between cake layers (though I HIGHLY recommend a flavored curd – like lemon, lime or raspberry (or any other flavor).  It also can be piped onto a cake and will hold it’s shape!  

This is my favorite buttercream frosting recipe and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!  

Now in all fairness I have to tell you that I didn’t create this recipe nope.  Instead I found it on Recipe Girls website and have to say, that girl knows what she is doing!  YUM!

Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Frosting for 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Using a stand or hand mixer, blend butter until smooth & creamy.
  2. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until fully incorporated.
  3. Add vanilla and mix well.
  4. Add heavy whipping cream and blend well until full mixed in.
  5. Fill pipping bag and pipe onto cake or cupcakes.
http://numstheword.com/homemade-buttercream-frosting/

Recipe Adapted from Food Network

 

 

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70 Comments on “Homemade Buttercream Frosting

    1. Janelle

      Buttercream frosting is stable at room temperature for several days. However if you are are planning on eating your item over a long time frame then yes refrigerate it. OR if you have room in your fridge, it certainly doesn’t hurt to put it in the fridge. However, for a day or two, it is fine on the counter. Great question!

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  1. Rachel

    How long would it keep for? Need to make cupcakes for a party and would like to do some stuff prior.
    Also, how many cupcakes would this frost?

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Rachel! This should keep well for about a week. If you make it ahead of time I’d cover it and keep it in the fridge. Then before let it sit out for about 30 minutes before frosting. If you are frosting cupcakes ahead of time, it will keep for several days. However, depending on your climate and humidity, the frosting can get quite crusty. I like to frost my cupcakes the day of the event.
      As far as how many cupcakes it will frost – for me I can get between 12 – 15 cupcakes frosted – HOWEVER I am GENEROUS with my frosting. I would think most people could get 24 cupcakes frosted with one batch, however I can’t say for sure depending on how generous you are. πŸ™‚

      I hope you enjoy!

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  2. Kahlee

    Hi I’ve just used this recipe and used Baileys instead of heavy cream to frost a chocolate cake. It tastes amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Janelle

      Kahlee, whoa, you just took this recipe to a whole new level. I’m glad you love it! Such a simple recipe and a fun way to enhance it! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Janelle

      Christina, I honestly can’t tell you if it will or not. I’ve never tried. I generally just use it on cookies and cupcakes as it’s quite rare I make a full cake. However if you do try it please let us know if smoothing it out with a paper towel works. Sorry for not being able to answer your question.

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  3. Pam

    I’ve made butter cream before. Not sure what I did wrong. This did NOT work at all. I creamed 1 cup of unsalted butter. Slowly added 3 cups of homemade powdered sugar (Splenda) into the stand mixer and that’s where it went down hill… It just turned into small hard chunks??? I added the vanilla & cream hoping it would whip up, but now it’s just hard slimy mess. πŸ™ Any suggestions? Was it the powdered splenda?

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Pam! Your issue is definitely the splenda powdered sugar. I’ve never made homemade splenda powdered sugar but I know that with regular powdered sugar it works great. I’m so sorry it didn’t turn out. If using spenda powdered sugar, then you’ll have to eyeball it and go with your gut. Cut back on how much you use and only use enough until it creams together nicely.

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    1. Janelle

      I use salted butter for everything. I know everyone says not to but I honestly can’t tell a difference. You can use either though. Whatever you have on hand!

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  4. Denise

    This is my go-to buttercream frosting recipe. Even frosting haters will love this frosting as its not too sweet and light. I use unsalted butter and it works beautifully. The Bailey’s suggestion has me intrigued so I definitely see that in my future. Lastly, I’ve tried baking with Splenda before and it’s not a 1:1 ratio. Additionally, it just won’t have the same flavor. Perhaps cutting back or trying Stevia may work. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Janelle

      Denise those are all GREAT tips! I’m so glad you are a lover of this frosting too. It really is easy and delicious. Not a heavy frosting at all. I hope you’ll try a few of our other recipes too!

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Kim! I do not. I’m too impatient to sift! I’m too eager to lick the bowl! You can definitely sift the sugar if you’d like, but it will turn out great without sifting! Thanks for your question!

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Charity! Heavy Whipping Cream can be found by buttermilk and half and half in the dairy section of your grocery store. I hope this helps!

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  5. Jeanna

    Made this today for an Easter Cake. Easy and yum! My daughter and I added vanilla bean to one batch and coconut flakes to another… held up wonderfully with both additions! Thank you!

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    1. Janelle

      Hi! I am going to need more information. The sugar shouldn’t melt into the butter as it’s never heated up. It should just mix into the creamed butter. If you do it 1/2 cup at a time, you shouldn’t have any issues with it blending together smoothly. Can you give me more details. Are you using powdered sugar or granular sugar?

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    2. L Rich

      Are you using POWDER sugar or Regular White sugar. It sounds like you are using regular sugar which will not “melt in the butter”.

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    1. Janelle

      Yes you can. The flavor wont be as rich but it should work fine. πŸ™‚ I’d reduce it to 1 1/2 TBS of milk just because it’s thinner than cream. πŸ™‚

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  6. DaniΓ«lle

    Hiya… can I use normal whipping cream since I can’t find the heavy cream here in Spain ? xD

    And would ik be possible to heat the cream up & dissolve a bit of instant coffee granuls? Or should I just use a coffee extract?
    Or add a bit of fresh lemon juice instead of the whipping cream?

    I’m planning on making this frosting for some cupcakes to donate a charity, so I hope when I pipe it on the cupcakes it will stay firm πŸ˜€

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Danielle! In the states, Heavy Whipping Cream is what I’m guessing you would call Whipping Cream. So they should be the same. And if you can’t find it, then just use milk. πŸ™‚ I can’t help you on the Coffee question as I don’t drink coffee and honestly can’t tell you what would be better. It should work great for the cake as I’ve had others tell me it works great on cakes! Thank you so much for your questions and sorry to not respond right away. It’s been a VERY busy month! Enjoy!

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Sue! I’ve never tried it before, but I would add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and that should do the trick! If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

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  7. Samantha

    Will it still be good if I make the colored icing the night before I decorate the cake? I’ve always made icing the night before just wondering about this recipe.

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  8. JBoop

    Hi. Your frosting is scrumptious! I took the W Buttercream Class and yes they use Crisco. …Definitely not a fan =yuck! The only benefit was it was easy to pipe and was the crisco is color WHITE I needed. Now I’ve already creamed yours to a light, fluffy pale color. Is there any way to make it WHITE? …Anyone else out there have a suggestion too?

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Josie! I have to say, that any “buttercream” recipe with crisco in it, should NEVER be called buttercream. It’s just deceitful. Buttercream has BUTTER. And only Butter. Or it’s gross! So the deal with Buttercream – is that because it has BUTTER as the main ingredient, is that butter comes in artificial yellow color. πŸ™ And unless you whip your own butter or you find a local dairy that doesn’t add coloring to their butter, it will always have an off white color. πŸ™ I too have not liked this. HOWEVER, I will say that to the untrained eye, I have fooled many MANY people into thinking this is white (especially on a chocolate cupcake). You best bet is to find out which butter company at your grocery store sells the palest color butter and go with that. Sorry I can’t give you a better answer. πŸ™

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    2. Jaimee Sanders

      You can also use Clear Vanilla Extract instead of Reg Vanilla Extract. I use that on my Buttercreme and it turns out great πŸ™‚

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    3. Theresa

      Does it hold up well in the heat. I have had to use Crisco to keep my frosting stiff. I would like to get away from having to.

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    4. Jennifer

      I also took the W classes and they exclusively use Cisco in the main recipe but the instructor said you can use half butter and half crisco. This is how I make mine and I also use the clear vanilla and the frosting turns out white and it’s also delicious. I’ve had compliments on how tasty the frosting is. The frosting also held up great in 90 degree temps for an outside party.

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      1. Janelle

        Great tips. I personally am not a fan of the crisco version – full or partial so I will personally only use this true buttercream recipe. However if you need a more heat stable frosting you’ll have to use crisco.

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    5. Geri

      Hi , I am a home cake baker. In answer to your question, you can use this recipie, but add an equal part high fat ratio shortening. It willlighten the color to ‘almost white’. But you have to add the same proportion of sugar. As to the liquid, change to water. Add a couple of tablespoons at a time to get the right consistency.

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  9. Jasmine

    Hi! Everytime I look for a buttercream recipe these are usually the main ingredients. But my frosting ALWAYS comes out wrong so I have to fall back on the tub of frosting which I hate. This is something I really want to get right, especially with my son’s birthday coming up. I always follow the recipe exactly and it comes out tasting too much like the powdered sugar which doesn’t taste right and its not thick enough to pipe. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong! Please help. I’d like this to finally be the golden recipe!

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Jasmine! Well give this one a try. I literally make it or variations of it weekly in the summer and have never had an issue with it tasting like powdered sugar or not being able to pipe it onto a cake or cupcake. Let me know your thoughts once you try this one!

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  10. Cynthia

    I’m making this for my son’s birthday today to frost a yellow cake. I’ve only ever had buttercream frosting from store bought cakes or those betty crocker canisters. I’m so excited to do this myself. I actually enjoy buttercream from my store’s bakery cakes lol. But I imagine homemade is much better!

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    1. Janelle

      Cynthia I hope you do enjoy it. The main difference between a bakery style buttercream and mine is that a bakery style buttercream is not a true buttercream. A true buttercream is what I have here. A bakery style buttercream has a good bit of Crisco and butter. So the flavors wont be the same. However I hope you like it!

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  11. ruth

    Hi Janelle. Do you think this buttercream recipe will not melt in a very hot and humid temp? I have been using ganache exclusively for my cakes because the one time I used buttercream on a “Frozen” cake, it puddled πŸ˜›

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    1. Janelle

      This will not hold up in hot and humid temperatures. As a true buttercream it will melt. You will want to find a buttercream and crisco mix. That should hold up better.

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  12. Daniela

    Hi, a friend just recommended me this recipe for my sons birthday and is tomorrow, we weren’t going to have a party, the plan was to go out of town.. and since we had to called our trip to celebrate my sons birthday, i had to organized an express Bday party in 2 days and make the cake, since I couldn’t order a cake, so I’m making this today to frost tomorrow.
    I read a lot of the comments and thanks for the advice on white icing.
    What about Almond Milk? instead of whipping cream or half and half?
    Thank you

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Daniela! Yes you can use Almond milk or half and half! Both are thinner than whipping cream so only use half the recommended amount. If it’s too thick you can use the full amount but I don’t think you’ll need to! I hope you like it as much as we do!

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  13. crystal

    Tried this recipe on my daughter’s cupcakes for her birthday. Everyone loved it. I like that it is light and not too sweet.

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  14. Yolanda

    Hi Janelle, Can i thick the milk with some sour cream or it would change the flavor? In here (Taiwan) half and half is too expensive. But, I know the whipping cream is more flavory. I need to frost 36 cupcakes. Thanks.

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Yolanda! So excited to hear my recipe has made it all the way to Taiwan! I wouldn’t use sour cream. It will change the flavor. If you can’t use whipping cream, then just use milk. I hope you love it!

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  15. lizzybetho

    I plan to make this butter cream frosting to put on my pull apart Turkey cupcakes. I’m not familiar with using heavy whip cream. How long do I blend the ingredients?

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    1. Janelle

      Hi Lizzy Beth! Just follow the directions. You only add a little bit at the end to thin it out and add a boost of richness to the flavor. However if you don’t have it, you can always use half and half or even milk. πŸ™‚

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  16. Kristy

    Love this recipe! Used it to frost almost 100 cupcakes that I made for my niece’s baby shower. Guests where telling me that I should open a bakery, they where also taking an extra cupcakes or two when they left the shower. Needless to say they where a huge hit!

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