Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Buttercream frosting
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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 batch (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
460 Calories
24g Fat
63g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 batch (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 460
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 10mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Call me a purist, but I like my buttercream frosting to be made with butter and cream. And this buttercream frosting recipe is made with exactly those ingredients (plus some confectioner's sugar and vanilla). Try it, and see if you don't agree that it is the best buttercream frosting recipe you've ever tasted.


  • 1 cup butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1-2 1/2 cups sugar (confectioner's)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoon cream (heavy)

Steps to Make It

  1. With an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 cup of the confectioner's sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Taste, and add more sugar if desired. I find 1 cup is all I need, but if you prefer a sweeter buttercream frosting, use up to 2-1/2 cups of sugar.​

  2. Add vanilla and 1 Tbsp. of the cream to the frosting. Beat well. If frosting is too thick for spreading, add another tablespoon of cream.

Use this buttercream frosting for cupcakes and cakes.