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Basic Buttercream Icing Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert


  • 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


  • 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