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How to Make the Best Buttercream

By Tessa Arias
April 5th, 2023
4.97 from 26 votes
4.97 from 26 votes

How to make the BEST Buttercream Frosting that's soft, creamy, easy to make, and perfectly sweet. This homemade buttercream frosting pairs wonderfully with just about any cake or cupcake recipe, plus it can be made ahead of time. Customizable with flavor variations listed below!

Yield: 3 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

TASTE: Perfect level of sweetness without being cloyingly sweet.
TEXTURE: I love how creamy this frosting is! It has a velvety, silky texture that can’t be beat.
EASE: Super easy. This frosting comes together in just a few minutes.
APPEARANCE: Perfectly smooth and creamy.
PROS: With so many customization options, your cakes and cupcakes are about to be more delicious than ever.
CONS: None.

I want to teach you how to make the BEST buttercream frosting you’ve ever had.

There’s nothing worse than the sickeningly sweet and artificial-tasting store-bought frosting that comes in tubs or is loaded onto grocery store birthday cakes. I usually scrape that stuff off whenever I’m served something like that – which is saying something for this sweet-toothed girl!

Enter my homemade buttercream frosting recipe. Perfectly balanced in sweetness, silky smooth and creamy in texture, and an absolute dream to both frost with and eat.

Making homemade buttercream might feel a bit daunting, but I promise it’s super easy! I’ll teach you how to make perfect buttercream step-by-step, so there’s no need to feel intimidated.

My buttercream frosting recipe is the easiest way to level up your homemade cupcakes and cakes – and it’s so much fun to customize the flavors, too. Check out all my customization suggestions below.

How to Make Buttercream Frosting

What is Buttercream Frosting?

American-style buttercream frosting is made of butter and powdered sugar, whipped together with a little cream and some flavoring (such as vanilla extract). Some American buttercream recipes will contain shortening or a combination of butter and shortening, but I use an all-butter mixture. Shortening leaves a slightly greasy film behind on the palate and has a slight aftertaste that I don’t prefer.

This perfect buttercream frosting recipe is one of the quickest and easiest buttercreams possible.

Ingredients for The Best Buttercream Frosting:

  • Sugar – Powdered sugar (aka confectioners’ sugar) is the base for this buttercream. Be sure to sift the powdered sugar or your buttercream may end up clumpy and gritty. Read more about my preferred types of powdered sugar below.
  • Butter – Use high-quality butter since it’s the base of the recipe. I like Challenge butter and prefer to use unsalted butter in all my baking so I’m in control of the salt. Also, be cautious that your butter isn’t too warm or too cold. Your butter should ideally be about 67°F.
  • Salt – I like using fine sea salt, simply because I prefer the flavor. Learn more about different types of salt here.
  • Vanilla extract – I recommend using a high-quality pure vanilla extract (not an imitation vanilla flavor) when making a buttercream, especially if it’s a vanilla buttercream and the star of the show. Even better, use vanilla paste if making vanilla buttercream!
  • Heavy cream – Used to thin out the buttercream just a touch and give it that smooth consistency and creamy texture.

Do I Have to Use Heavy Cream? Can I Use Milk in This Buttercream?

You can use milk or half-and-half if that’s all you have, but I highly recommend using heavy cream if possible for its creaminess and maximum richness. There’s a reason it’s called buttercream. 😉

Why is my Buttercream Frosting Full of Air Bubbles?

Be sure to use the flat paddle attachment on your stand mixer. Using a whisk attachment will cause air bubbles to form. If your buttercream has been sitting for an extended period, you will need to re-mix on your mixer’s lowest setting for a minute or two, or mix by hand with a rubber spatula for a few minutes.

If your ingredients are too cold, this can also cause airy buttercream.

Here’s how to fix this:

  1. Remove ½ a cup of buttercream to a separate bowl.
  2. Microwave it for 10-15 seconds until softened (without melting it).
  3. Add it back to the bowl and hand mix with a rubber spatula to fully incorporate.

This will help the whole batch of buttercream warm up a little and encourage the air bubbles to dissipate.

The Best Powdered Sugar for Buttercream

Always sift powdered sugar before adding it to your buttercream. Most recipes (including mine) are written like this: “3 cups powdered sugar, sifted” which means you measure the sugar first, THEN sift it before adding it in.

For the absolute smoothest buttercream frosting, I recommend investing in organic powdered sugar that contains tapioca starch instead of cornstarch because it dissolves much more readily to remove grittiness. This is the brand of organic powdered sugar I usually use, though Trader Joe’s also has a great option available.

Buttercream Must-Have Tools:

Step-by-Step Instructions for Buttercream Frosting:

  1. Mix the powdered sugar and butter. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and butter. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  2. Continue to mix. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase to medium speed and beat for another 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  3. Add the salt, vanilla, and cream. Beat on medium for 1 minute, adding more cream if needed (go slow and only add a teaspoon or so at a time) until your desired consistency is reached.
  4. Use right away or store for later use. Your buttercream is now ready to use, or it can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to Tell When Buttercream is Properly Creamed:

How to Color Your Buttercream Frosting

If you’re adding a flavor that naturally is colored (such as fruit preserves or chocolate), then your buttercream frosting will, of course, be colored by this addition.

For a more brightly-colored buttercream, I highly recommended gel food coloring. I like Americolor or Chefmaster gel food coloring. It packs a saturated punch so you don’t need to use much. Start with a few drops then add more from there until you reach your desired color.

Ways to Use Buttercream Frosting:

Does Buttercream Need to be Refrigerated?

While the sugar in buttercream acts as a preservative and keeps the frosting intact for a few hours at a time, I recommend storing the buttercream in the refrigerator.

How to Store The Best Buttercream:

Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to a week. Allow the buttercream to come to room temperature, then re-whip in the stand mixer until light and fluffy again. Add a tablespoon or 2 of powdered sugar if it needs to thicken.

Can You Freeze The Best Buttercream?

Yes! Store this buttercream in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, and then bring to room temperature before re-whipping until light and fluffy again.

Buttercream Frosting Flavor Ideas:

You may need to adjust the powdered sugar ratio depending on your flavor preferences and adjust the cream ratio depending on your texture preferences.

  • Chocolate: Add 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Strawberry: Add 1/3 cup seedless strawberry preserves and a few drops of red food coloring.
  • Raspberry: Add 1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves and a few drops of red food coloring.
  • Mocha: Add 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder.
  • Chocolate Malt: Add 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup malted milk powder, and use 1/4 cup milk, plus more if needed.
  • Peanut Butter: Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter and reduce the powdered sugar to 2 1/2 cups.
  • Irish Cream Buttercream: Use Bailey’s Irish Cream instead of cream.
  • Kahlua: Add 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup Kahlua in place of the cream.
  • Mint: Add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and a few drops of green food coloring.
  • Nutella: Add 2/3 cup Nutella and reduce powdered sugar to 2 cups.
  • Lemon (or any other citrus): Add 2 tablespoons lemon zest and 3 tablespoons lemon juice and increase powdered sugar to 3 1/2 cups.
  • Coconut: Add 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract.
  • Cinnamon: Add 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon.
  • Pumpkin: Add 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, remove cream.
  • Salted Caramel: Add 1/3 cup caramel topping and increase salt to 1 teaspoon, remove cream.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Use 3/4 cup light brown sugar in place of all powdered sugar, add 1 1/4 cups flour*, and garnish with mini chocolate chips. *To make the raw flour safer, we need to kill bacteria. Treat the flour by baking it at 350°F for 10 minutes or microwaving in 30-second bursts until it reaches 165°F. Use an instant-read thermometer to guarantee it hits the temperature at which bacteria dies. Heating the flour in the oven also toasts it slightly, giving it a nutty caramelized flavor that works beautifully in this recipe.

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    How to make
    The Best Buttercream

    Yield: 3 cups
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    How to make the BEST Buttercream Frosting that's soft, creamy, easy to make, and perfectly sweet. This homemade buttercream frosting pairs wonderfully with just about any cake or cupcake recipe, plus it can be made ahead of time. Customizable with flavor variations listed below!


    • 3 cups (375 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    • 2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, at a cool room temperature
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy or whipping cream


    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

    2. Add the salt, vanilla, and cream and beat on medium speed for 1 minute, adding more cream if needed.


    1. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let come to room temperature and re-whip in the stand mixer until light and fluffy again. Add a tablespoon or 2 of powdered sugar if it needs to thicken.

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    Recipe Notes

    Customization ideas listed in the pink tip box above!
    This recipe makes enough buttercream to frost about 12 to 15 cupcakes. Double this recipe to frost an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake.
    Course : Dessert
    Cuisine : American
    Keyword : buttercream, buttercream frosting, buttercream frosting recipe

    This post was published in 2021 and updated in 2023 with new photos and recipe improvements. Photos by Joanie Simon.

    Tessa Arias
    Author: Tessa Arias

    I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

    Tessa Arias

    About Tessa...

    I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    1. #
      Gerry — April 5, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Tessa,
      Is your buttercream recipe stiff enough to make roses or other flowers?

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      Sara — February 21, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      This might be a silly question: what is a good way to do a test run with gel coloring? I am trying to match my buttercream (which this recipe is so delicious) to party invite but I don’t want to waste a bunch of buttercream. Thanks!

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      shravs — February 20, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Can I use milk in place of heavy cream.

    4. #
      shravs — February 20, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Your recipe is just awesome. What if I use the icing sugar instead regular sugar.

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      Rachel — January 8, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      Your videos are great! Thank you sooooo much for making them. I made regular and chocolate buttercream and used your swirl technique from another of your videos. They turned out amazing! The butter cream was the best I’ve used and the Chocolate was beyond great. Other chocolate recipes use melted chocolate chips which I didn’t like…..then I found yours and used ghiradelli cocoa….amazing! Thanks again!

    6. #
      Grizzmie — October 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      I just tried this recipe & it was PERFECTION!!! Everyone loved how delicious it was & most of all that it wasn’t disgustingly over sweet!

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      margie — October 3, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      what brand of whipping cream or heavy you refer?

    8. #
      Diane Puddester — September 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Tessa would you have a recipe for marshmallow buttercream.?I wonder if I could simply add marshmallowfluff to your already awesome buttercream recipe? Thanks.

    9. #
      sarah — September 8, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      How many cupcakes is this recipe for? Do you still need cream for making plain buttercream?

    10. #
      Bill — September 5, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Great recipe but wish you would stop using cups as a measure and use properly weighed ingredients as most chefs do, shame this American measures are not accurate.

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        Tessa — September 5, 2017 at 9:57 am

        Did you not see the gram measurements in the recipe…?

    11. #
      Michelle Ortiz — August 26, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Made your buttercream frosting recipe to frost my daughters homemade “funfetti” birthday cake!
      It was delicious! I replaced the vanilla with almond extract and everyone loved it! They all wanted seconds!
      I love to bake and make my family feel special, thank you Tessa for making it so easy to do!!

    12. #
      Sand — July 23, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Really good recipe! Can’t wait to try it. I was interested on doing the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough but it requires 1 1/4 cup of flour… Am I supposed to serve uncooked flour? I don’t get it. Any tips about that?

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        Tessa — July 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Yep! That’s what cookie dough is 😉

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        E. Sherwood — April 14, 2022 at 9:31 am

        You can toast the flour before adding. Just google instructions. I’m not thrilled with the idea of using raw flour either.

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          Emily — April 14, 2022 at 3:27 pm

          Thanks for your feedback! I just included instructions on how to heat-treat flour in the cookie dough flavor idea instructions.

    13. #
      Kathy Rubin — July 23, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I just found this fabulous recipe. I was wondering what I could add to make it maple flavored?

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        Tessa — July 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Maple extract would be your best bet for lots of maple flavor without thinning the texture too much!

    14. #
      Brent Wambold — July 23, 2017 at 2:41 am

      I still cannot believe in the 21st century that we are arguing about butter measurements in recipes. 1/4 pound or one stick = 4 oz = 1/2 cup = 4 fluid oz. – You are correct, fluid ounces does not ALWAYS equate with weight ounces…. however, with butter, IT DOES! 16 oz = one pound and it is also 2 cups of butter = 16 fl.oz.
      Where is the Crisco in your recipe? My Wilton recipe is half Crisco and half butter.

    15. #
      Sofya — July 9, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      Hello, Tessa. I have a big problem with buttercream recipes and have some questions. So, I’ve been doing the buttercream for more than a year, and it’s always impossible to eat. So much powdered sugar was so sweet that anybody could eat it and had to through the buttercream away. It also tastes like a real butter (which I don’t really like and eat) Other recipes, for instance, Cupcake Jemma add much more powdered sugar. However, there are lots of positive feedbacks in the internet and I think, that all these issues exist only in my kitchen(((( Look, 375 gr of powdered sugar is a bit more than 250 ml cup, isn’t it? There’s no vanilla extract in my country but I’ve bought powdered sugar mixed with natural vanilla. Maybe powdered sugar is less sweet in the USA than in my country. Please, help me solve my problem ’cause I wanna decorate cupcakes with roses.
      P.S. Thanks in advance 🙂

    16. #
      Kaylee — July 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi! I just wanted to say THANKS TESSA! I may be only 12, but I just made this superb buttercream on a vanilla cake and it was awesome!!!! I made the lemon flavoured buttercream frosting , and I just got to say WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!l!!! My dad wouldn’t stop licking it! I was sure I would have to triple the batch! I’m going to bring it to my great uncle’s 4th of July celebration! I’ m so excited! I know all the people will love it ! Lemon + Old black people + my black family = SUCCESS! 😉 4th of July 2017!!!! Thanks again, bye!

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      Sylvia — June 21, 2017 at 1:37 am


      This looks a great idea. I’ve got a recipe at home that forever melts on me, no matter how much sugar I put in. I also prefer to use a vegetable fat substitute for butter as I find that a bit sickly. Has anyone tried this recipe not using butter??? How did it come out?

    18. #
      Melissa — June 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Hello Tessa! I want to thank you for this recipe. I have tried many frosting ones before and never liked the taste…it being too sweet. Also, the consistency wasn’t thick enough for all the decorations I wanted to do. Your Buttercream Recipe is incredible! I use it everyone I need frosting now. I had bought Russian Decorating Tips and it is the ONLY frosting that will work with them. It has made me love decorating even more! Thank you so much, Tessa!

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        Tessa — June 19, 2017 at 10:05 am

        So happy to hear that, Melissa!

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      yvonne — May 5, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Tessa, I was wondering if you could assist and tell me if this buttercream recipe is stiff enough to use with Russian Piping tips?
      I would appreciate a reply as your time allows.
      Thank you, Yvonne

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        Tessa — May 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm

        Hi Yvonne, I haven’t tried using a Russian piping tip but you can easily thicken this recipe by omitting all or part of the cream or adding in more powdered sugar if needed 🙂

    20. #
      Axelle — May 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      if I would make my cupcakes a day before I would hand them out, and I did this as well with te Buttercream, could I decorate them in the morning (7am) to hand them out around 10 am?
      Thank you !

    21. #
      Josme — April 15, 2017 at 5:05 am

      Love your buttercream recepies. Used strawberry one for m daughters 1st birthday cake and was a huge hit. Today made the chocolate buttercream for my father in-laws 75th birthday cake. Tastes awesome. Thanks

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      Jaime Esser — April 1, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Hi Tessa! I just want to say that I LOVE all your recipes, I have tried many of them.. and your buttercream recipe is my go-to for decorating, everyone always compliments me on how good it is. I have a question though, how would I make the buttercream into a thicker consistency? I want to try some Russian piping flower tips and from what I have read it says these are best used with a thick consistency buttercream

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        Tessa — April 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

        Add more powdered sugar! If that’s not thick enough, substitute 1/4 or 1/2 of the butter with shortening.

    23. #
      Jacqueline Herrera — March 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Hello Teresa, I would like to know what is the thing that you put is jelly? I will be trying to make it, looks really good. Please tell me what else is after the color. Thanks

    24. #
      Lisa — March 11, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Tessa-I love this recipe, made it the other day and received so many compliments on how good it tasted. I just have one question-it was too soft to make roses, they just fell..Should I leave out the heavy cream next time to make it stiffer?

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        Tessa — March 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

        Glad to hear that! And, yep! Leave out the cream for a stiffer consistency. Or, you can always add more powdered sugar if you’ve already added cream 🙂

    25. #
      Jewell — February 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      And can I use regularly beaters I do not have a paddle for my mixer

    26. #
      Jewell — February 4, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      So does this buttercream work well for flowers like roses? I am making a Valentine birthday cake and really need to know

    27. #
      Laney — February 4, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      I would like to know how much cream cheese would you add to make it a cream cheese buttercream frosting and keep the cream. I had a recipe but it has gotten lost. Thank you.

    28. #
      Becky Stahlman — January 28, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Tessa, do you have any tips for making this buttercream as white as possible?

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        Tessa — January 30, 2017 at 8:47 pm

        If that’s your concern over flavor, use half shortening half butter and a clear vanilla extract. Won’t taste as good, but it’ll be much whiter.

    29. #
      Catherine — January 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

      I’ve been searching for sometime as to how to make a fantastic, not too sweet buttercream, which I can flavour easily – and I found it finally on your site! Thank you!! Me and my 5 year old daughter made the raspberry flavour buttercream and it was soooooo good.. her and her father were fighting over the cup cakes with it on!

    30. #
      Sharon McIntosh — January 6, 2017 at 12:58 am

      Thank you very much Chef, for taking the time to share your professional knowledge with me. I find your website extremely helpful. I am making my own wedding cake for my reception and I have struggled with finding the perfect recipe. I look forward to trying yours. I hope you will continue to bestow your knowledge upon us. Again, Thank you, Chef.

    31. #
      Tony Yuan — December 25, 2016 at 12:11 am

      Is it possible to make these buttercreams if you don’t have a stand or hand mixer? Can it be made just by hand and strong arms lol?

    32. #
      Sivi — November 30, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Tessa – I’m so glad I found this recipe. Can’t wait to try out the different variations!
      I was wondering: I made a mocha layer cake with a chocolate ganache filling. I want to make a pink buttercream and would love for it to have a bit of flavor, but I’m not sure how strawberry or raspberry will pair with the other flavors of the cake? Should I just leave the buttercream plain?

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        Tessa — December 1, 2016 at 11:33 am

        I would probably leave it plain and use food coloring.

    33. #
      Lisa Hardesty — November 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Does this icing foamy looking???

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      AKa — November 24, 2016 at 1:52 am

      How should I adjust the recipe to get enough frosting for two 7″ cakes ?

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      Genny T — November 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

      This is seriously, hands down, THE BEST Buttercream Frosting EVERRRRRRRR!!!!!!! This has now become my favorite buttercream and also the most requested frosting by everyone! Thank you!!!

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        Tessa — November 6, 2016 at 9:46 am

        Yay, Genny!! So thrilled to hear that 🙂

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      Kate — November 3, 2016 at 11:05 am

      First time making this… I’m SO used to the super sweet Wilton recipe, so it’s a big change for me. I would make theirs, then add an extra 1/2 stick of butter to try and make it creamy. This is sooo creamy, which with Crisco, I have a hard time achieving. I made some for work and they are my test group, we will see what they have to say. I did add a tad more sugar to mine. The fiancée approves. Thumbs up…. can’t wait to experiement with flavors!

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        Tessa — November 6, 2016 at 9:51 am

        Excellent, Kate! Let me know which flavors you try first 🙂

    37. #
      Valerie Anne — November 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Just a couple of comments…
      One, powdered sugar is ground very fine and is mixed with cornstarch, so is not as sweet as regular sugar, and if you sift it, getting rid of the lumps, it will be more aerated. I’ve never really seen a recipe that wasn’t 3 cups or more!
      Two: If you frost cupcakes in the morning and cover them, they will not crust over, so you can sprinkle or decorate any way you want. I make small piping bags in different colors so the kids can squeeze out designs on top, then different sprinkles in party theme colors, mini chips, and mini m&m’s go on top. Kids love to squeeze frosting!
      Three: For cream cheese icing, substitute 8 oz. cream cheese and one stick of butter (room temperature on both) and add 3-1/2 cups confectioners sugar and 1-2 tsps. vanilla. Leave out the cream.

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      Wunmi — October 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      THE BEST!!!! Usually I use 2:1 ratio (powdered sugar and butter) and u would taste the grittiness which wasn’t nice. This however is so creamy, fluffy, delicious and can’t fault it. Best ever!

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      Shana — October 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Quick question!… Can the regular buttercream be made ahead and then stored in the fridge and then the variations be added when ready to use? I know you said it can be stored for up to a week in the fridge but was curious if I could add the variations after storage and remix!

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        Tessa — October 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm

        I don’t see why not! Just bring back to room temp and use an electric mixer to add your flavorings 🙂

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      Shana — October 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Can’t wait to try these different variations out. I have recently began baking and decorating cakes and cupcakes and have found that after 38 years on this earth, I have a great deal of passion and talent for it that I never knew existed! This will help me out tremendously when searching for new things to try! Thank you so much for sharing! God bless!!

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      Amy — October 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Tessa, 2 questions, if making a cake ahead to take somewhere, how long would the Swiss meringue buttercream be ok on the cake in fridge? (Not covered) I know I can’t freeze once on cake.Also I tried flavouring some with passion fruit pulp, it just seemed runny. Any ideas on this?

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        Tessa — October 10, 2016 at 10:37 am

        I would say 1 day. Then the quality may start to lessen. As for flavorings, if it seems runny you can always add more sugar. However, then you may not enjoy the level of sweetness. You may have better luck using jam, preserves, or jelly.

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      Emmybot200 — October 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      It tastes and looks so good! I made it today, just because I really wanted icing… whoops! I had to make more for a couple of my cupcakes, and not just my stomach! Thanks for this so much!

    43. #
      Sherri — September 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Tessa —

      I used this buttercream tonight for my son’s christening cake, and it is wonderful. I actually made two batches. The first one frosted the 13″ x 9″ cake, and the second was tinted two shades of blue for decoration. I had extra blue buttercream (both shades), and so far, I have it stored in the refrigerator. It is so easy to make and delicious. It is quite sweet, so I added an extra 1/8 teaspoon of salt to offset the sweetness. This is definitely going to be my go-to frosting recipe when it comes to decorating. I love the versatility, too, with the different flavor variations. I’m looking forward to experimenting with it in the future.

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        Tessa — September 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        So happy to hear that, Sherri! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

    44. #
      Christina Fernando — August 30, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Hi Tessa!!

      This looks amazing!! I’m planning to use this recipe on a lemon rosette cake and flavor the buttercream with key lime, what I want to know is, how much buttercream will I need to frost and pipe rosettes for a 3.5- 4 inch high cake?

      Thanks so much, keep up the great work!

      Looking forward for your response 😀

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        Tessa — August 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm

        Hi Christina, I’m not entirely sure! When I’m working on a decorative cake like that I usually just double the recipe. This gives me room to experiment and have fun without worrying about being stingy. You can always freeze the rest 🙂

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      Julie — August 27, 2016 at 9:58 am

      This looks and sounds amazing! I look forward to trying it! Thanks for sharing. ☺️

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      Dolores — August 20, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Hi, Tessa, I love your video on making buttercream. According to your instructions, to frost an 8″ cake the recipe needs to be doubled. However, this is my question. When it comes to making “other” flavors, do I also double the amounts listed on your recipe? For example, your recipe to make peanut butter buttercream said to add (1) C of peanut butter and reduce the powdered sugar to 2 1/2 C – if I make a batch for an 8″ cake, do I increase the peanut butter to (2) cups? That sounds like a lot of peanut butter so I just want to make sure. Many thanks! Looking forward to your response.

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        Tessa — August 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

        Yep, that would be right! You might be able to get away with using less frosting, but in my experience the more frosting you have the more beautiful the cake will turn out 🙂 And feel free to play around with the amount of peanut butter. I prefer my frostings to be more intensely flavored, but you might prefer less.

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      Lucía — August 14, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Hi!!! Just came to your page since your recipe for buttercream seems to be the easiest one in the Internet – I am a total newbie, it’s gonna be my first time making it!
      I saw in some pages that it can be added some food colorant in order to obtain colourful buttercream, but I don’t know how it would affect the consistency, neither I know how much colorant I should add to it or if it would require any modification of the recipe.
      I would be extremely thankful if you could help me with this.
      Best wishes from Spain!!!

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        Tessa — August 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

        Hi Lucia! The food coloring will completely depend on the type you use: liquid, gel, or paste. The more liquid the food coloring is, the less cream you should add to your buttercream. I like high quality gel food colorings because a little goes a long way, and they won’t interfere too much with the texture of the frosting. Start with a few drops then add more until you get your desired color. If you end up adding so much coloring that it thins the frosting, simply add a few more tablespoons of powdered sugar until it’s the right consistency 🙂

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      Lucy Trujillo — August 11, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      What the best brand of confectioners sugar and butter? Because no matter what kind I use, I still think it tastes bad! It could be the recipes I’ve been using but I was just wondering if maybe the brands I’m using were the issue!

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        Tessa — August 12, 2016 at 11:59 am

        What about the taste don’t you like?

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      Cindy Aube — August 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Wow, this is awesome frosting!! I just made THREE batches! One was raspberry buttercream and the other two were Baileys Irish Cream Raspberry buttercream. So delish!! And to answer the person who was worried about the sweetness – I made the regular buttercream with the sugar and butter and it was sweet, but by adding the baileys to it – believe it or not it was less sweet, and with just the raspberry all fruit jam it was also less sweet. So good and easy to use!! Thanks for these ideas!

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        Tessa — August 10, 2016 at 8:14 pm

        That’s awesome, Cindy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Mer B — July 31, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Do you have any suggestions to help this icing withstand heat? I’ve read a few different things can be added if the cake will be outside.

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        Tessa — July 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

        I typically just keep the cake in the fridge until the party / picnic / event or whatever begins. That way the it starts cold and will warm to room temperature when it’s ready to be served. Anything that may keep it from melting will likely be an artificial preservative that will negatively impact the flavor and/or texture.

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      Stephanie — July 27, 2016 at 5:07 am

      Omg I wasn’t even close lol! I’m not sure how I got that quite so wrong, but thank you for taking the time to respond. You saved my frosting!

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        Tessa — July 27, 2016 at 8:50 am


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      Stephanie — July 26, 2016 at 11:51 am

      This looks delicious and I am going to give it a try! I have a quick question about the chocolate chip cookie dough flavoring. It states to use 3/4 brown sugar in place of all powdered sugar. Does this mean I use 3/4 cup powdered sugar with 2 1/4 cups brown sugar? I just want to make sure I have the measurements correct and that you didn’t mean to use only 3/4 cup of brown sugar…thanks!

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        Tessa — July 26, 2016 at 2:41 pm

        No, you replace ALL of the powdered sugar called for with only 3/4 cup brown sugar. I’m not sure how else to state that. Brown sugar weighs much much more than powdered sugar, so by volume it may seem like a lot less but that’s the correct amount. Make sense?

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      jacqueline — July 15, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Hi Tessa,
      First of all, awesome video !
      I’ve got a question, can I use this recipe for piping flowers like roses and ranunculus ? I live in Malaysia and find that italian or swiss buttercream melts real quick even with 30% shortening added into the recipe.
      Thank you.

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      Bonita ikoku — June 27, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Hi Tessa, your butter cream recipe sounds awesome ! I can’t wait to try it .I have two questions 1) In the UK here we have whipping cream and pouring cream which one do I use? 2) can I use this buttercream to cream coat a cake that I intend to cover with fondant which would need to stay out in room temperature until it’s ready to eat in two days ? Worried the cream in the butter cream would go off ! Help !

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        Tessa — June 28, 2016 at 9:17 pm

        Hi! I’m not sure what pouring cream is, but whipping cream should work. This buttercream works under fondant and should last for that amount of time as long as it’s a cool room temp. The sugar in the recipe actually helps to act a preservative and prevents bacteria from growing.

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      Kathy — June 18, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      I’ve made your basic buttercream and it came out absolutely perfect. Just the right amount of sweet for my strawberry filled cupcakes. I can’t wait to try the other flavor combinations. Just one question…..what suggestions would you have for a peach flavored buttercream? Thank you for your great recipes, ideas and tips. Love em!!

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        Tessa — June 19, 2016 at 7:04 am

        Thanks so much, Kathy! Happy to hear that. I haven’t tried peach flavored buttercream before, but I think peach jam or preserves should work nicely (like the strawberry or raspberry flavor variation listed above).

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      Michelle — June 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      I made this tonight and it was incredible. I’ve been trying different vanilla buttercream recipes for a while now trying to find this exact combination. The taste and texture were spot on and no fancy ingredients! My search is over. Thank you for posting this.
      (Also, half of this recipe was the perfect amount of frosting to frost the top of a 9×13.)

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        Tessa — June 19, 2016 at 7:05 am

        Great, Michelle! So happy to hear it!

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      Haley Smith — June 15, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Wow! This recipe was great! I had made a buttercream frosting for some cupcakes i baked the other day and the recipe that came with the cupcakes was simply way to thin… It dripped all over my cupcakes and made it very messy to eat. Later I had found this recipe, made it, and loved it! It was the perfect consistency and when I it onto my cupcakes, it held it’s shape! This recipe is simply delicious and I will definitely make it again. Five Stars all the way!

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        Tessa — June 19, 2016 at 7:15 am

        Wonderful, Haley!! Happy to hear it 🙂

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      Kenedee — June 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Half of the recipe minus the whipping cream made me more than enough to fully frost 12 cupcakes! Dont waste your ingredients, and half the recipe!

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      Ercella — June 12, 2016 at 10:54 am

      I live in Arizona which is hot almost always and I bake cakes as a hobbies however I made a cake using buttercream frosting and it melted. It went some completely smooth and creamy to a soft melting mess. How can I help this without using shortening? Your frosting look beautiful but can it with stand high temperatures of heat?

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        Tessa — June 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm

        I live in AZ too! Buttercream will basically melt at the melting point of butter, which is around 90°F. So any cakes exposed to that heat for longer than a few minutes will start to melt. One way to combat that is to fully refrigerate the cake before you plan to serve it. Then, it will warm up with the high outside temps to be ready for serving and will take longer to melt. Does that make sense?

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      Steph — June 6, 2016 at 3:01 am

      How far in advance can the cake be iced with this if there is cream? I’m looking to decorate my cake 1 or possibly 2 days in advance (fondant would be fine but I’m considering using buttercream).

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