Buttercream Frosting

Butter Cream Frosting on Cupcake
Photo: Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
331 Calories
15g Fat
50g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 331
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 5mg 0%
*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.)

This is a fast and easy basic buttercream frosting recipe for cakes or cupcakes. This makes enough buttercream frosting for a 2-layer cake or about 12 cupcakes.

Feel free to vary the flavorings or add a few drops of food coloring to the frosting.


  • 1 cup butter (room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar (confectioners')
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream

Steps to Make It

  1. In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, combine the butter with confectioners' sugar. Beat on low speed until sugar is moistened, then beat on medium to high speed for about 2 minutes.

  2. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk or cream and beat until smooth. Beat in more milk or cream, as needed for spreading consistency.

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