The Perfect Buttercream Frosting
Recipe type: Frosting
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Serves: 2.5 cups
This recipe uses simple ingredients: powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and milk. Perfect Buttercream Frosting is creamy and fluffy, and perfect for piping/decorating your cakes and cupcakes.
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • pinch salt, adjust to taste
  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. In bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter using the paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Add half of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds, then increase to medium speed. Continue mixing for about 1-2 minutes until all ingredients come together.
  3. Add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of cream and beat for 3 minutes.
  4. If your frosting needs to be thicker, add remaining sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add remaining cream 1 tablespoons at a time.
  5. Add in the heavy cream (start with 2 tablespoons and add a little more if needed), vanilla extract, and salt and continue mixing on medium-high speed for another minute or until everything is well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Frosting can be made 1-2 days in advance. Store in air-tight container in refrigerator. Before using, remove from fridge and bring to room temperature.

Frosting freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature and stir well before frosting cupcakes or cakes.
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