Buttercream Frosting

Butter Cream Frosting on Cupcake
Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: For 12 cupcakes (serves 12)
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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.

What You'll Need

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

How 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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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 331
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Unsaturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 41 mg
Sodium 3 mg
Carbohydrates 50 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)