Basic Buttercream Icing Recipe

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Basic Buttercream Icing Recipe

There is nothing better than a basic buttercream icing recipe. I think it awesome when people tell me they have made a homemade buttercream icing recipe. That is what I always do and I always make too much. So whoops! I have to eat some. Buttercream icing is delicious. And whether you want to call it buttercream frosting or not, I like saying icing. It makes me think of cake. And I love making cakes like this Fall Owl Cupcakes Recipe. And I found out today you can get a stand mixer for less than $30! After mine died I thought I would never be able to afford another.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or ½ pound), softened or room temp
  • 3-4 cups confectioners sugar,  I found out this works better SIFTED  (I LOVE my new sifter)
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream  (milk can be substituted)

Directions

  • Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed until the sugar has been mixed in well with the butter.
  • Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla, salt, and 3 tablespoons of cream and beat for 3 minutes.
  • If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting is a little too stuff add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time.

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buttercream icing recipe, buttercream frosting, homemade buttercream icing
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Basic Buttercream Icing Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks or ½ pound, softened
  • 3-4 cups confectioners sugar I found out this works better SIFTED
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream milk can be substituted

Instructions

  • Beat butter for 2 to 3 min with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed.
  • Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed until the sugar has been mixed in well with the butter.
  • Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla, salt, and 3 tablespoons of cream and beat for 3 minutes.
  • If your frosting needs a bit more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting is a little too stuff add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time.
  • Should be able to ice up to 24 cupcakes or two round cakes. Can be kept refrigerated for up to a week

 


Author: Kat

Kat is a married mom of three kids aged 19, 11, and 8 that lives close to Birmingham, AL. She loves cats, books, cooking, hockey, and watching movies. She is an admitted nerd, comic book lover, action figure & barbie doll collector, blackjack dealer, beginner croupier, and all around queen of the dorks. You can reach her at topkat@katbalogger.com to talk about product reviews, press trips, sponsorships, or brand messaging.

8 thoughts on “Basic Buttercream Icing Recipe”

  1. I love buttercream icing! A lot of cakes are now going to the whipped, lighter frostings, and I don’t like it. If I’m having cake I want it rich and creamy and you can’t beat buttercream for that.

  2. I love buttercream icing, but haven’t been able to find a recipe (yet, at least) that stands up to the bakery I went to as a kid… going to try this one out and hope it makes the cut! (And even if it doesn’t , I still found a reason to make buttercream frosted cupcakes!)

  3. I have tried so many buttercream frosting recipes and they don’t seem to look like this but everytime i try to make it i use milk and it looks so much like butter instead of icing. HELP!

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