How to Make Buttercream
You have made an amazing birthday cake, or the most delicious cupcakes, or those fantastic holiday cookies for the party, now you need a great buttercream frosting to push your dessert to perfection.
Frosting in a can may be convenient, but this quick and easy recipe will show you step by step how to make a smooth and fluffy American buttercream frosting with a few ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen.
Plus, with a few simple tweaks, you can change the flavor and color. Add a few drops of red food coloring to make pink frosting. Change the basic vanilla frosting by using amaretto or another flavoring instead. So, ditch the store-bought, and use this buttercream icing recipe.
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Servings: 1.5 cups
Step #1. Prepare Ingredients
Gather the following items and ingredients:
Step #2. Place All Ingredients in a Bowl
Place all of the ingredients into a bowl.
Step #3. Mix
Mix with an electric mixer until smooth. You can adjust the thickness by adding more milk if it is too stiff, or adding more icing sugar if it is too runny.
Step #4. Serve & Enjoy!
You can use the buttercream frosting to spread onto cupcakes, cake, as a filling etc.
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If you plan to use the buttercream frosting for piping, you will want to make it a little thicker. A simple trick on how to make buttercream frosting stiffer is to add less milk to the recipe or more sifted, powdered sugar. Sifting the powdered sugar before you add it, ensures the frosting will be smooth.
To make the frosting a little less sweet, try adding a little salt, substituting heavy cream for the milk, or adding in a little lemon juice.
Buttercream frosting can be made in advance and stored for up to a week in the fridge or two months in the freezer. Place the frosting in an airtight container and store it away from foods with strong odors. When you are ready to use it, let the buttercream come up to room temperature.
How to Make Buttercream
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup butter - softened
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. milk
- Place all ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer until smooth. You can add adjust the thickness by adding more milk if it is too stiff, or adding more icing sugar if it is too runny.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.
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