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best buttercream frosting

The Best Buttercream Frosting

This buttercream frosting is simple to make, fluffy, and amazingly delicious. Add any extract to give it the flavor you want or just vanilla for a great standard buttercream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups frosting
Author Lisa


  • 1 cup butter cold and cut into chunks
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla*
  • 5 tbs heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a stand mixer, whip your butter chunks on medium high speed until the butter is light and fluffy.
  • Add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, letting it mix into the butter completely.
  • Add in the vanilla, heavy cream, and pinch of salt, allowing the ingredients to incorporate fully
  • Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to allow it to thicken up before using to decorate if needed. If the frosting is too thick after refrigerating, it will soften up quickly at room temperature. or to speed things along you can stick it back in the mixer and mix for a few seconds. If the frosting is too runny, add more powdered sugar to thicken it.
  • Enjoy!


*You can add any other extract you want (lemon, lime, orange!!). *If adding food coloring you can add it in with the vanilla and heavy cream, or if you need multiple colors, separate the frosting when done and then mix in the coloring.