Classic Buttercream

29 Mar

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I realized the other day that I don’t have one single post that gives a very basic buttercream recipe.  Shame on me!

Buttercream is perfect on any flavor cupcake, and is great for cake decorating as well. I love this recipe because I can easily adapt it to make any other flavor I dream up.

So here it is, my favorite buttercream frosting recipe!

Stay Calm Cupcake Buttercream


  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 stick of salted butter (softened)
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 3 tbs of half and half
  • 1 tbs of vanilla


  1. In your stand mixer, cream the butter on medium high until it turns white and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time- mixing on medium speed
  3. Add the half and half and the  vanilla – mix well for 2 minutes or until well combined
  4. If you want thicker buttercream – add more powdered sugar.

This is a perfect base frosting for many other yummy frosting flavors.

Add any of the following ingredients to change the flavor:

  • Fresh raspberry puree
  • Mint Extract
  • Peanut Butter
  • Lemon Zest
  • Lime Zest
  • Orange Zest
  • Apricot Jam
  • Oreo Cookie Crumbs
  • And lots more – just get creative!

Stay Sweet,

xoxo Jill

14 Responses to “Classic Buttercream”

  1. Geni - Sweet and Crumby March 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    I need a good butter cream in my repertoire. This one looks fab. Thanks for sharing!

  2. chefshellina March 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    good choice of photo- adorable- AND the recipe looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing- you’ve got my follow! 😉

  3. fabulous50shousewife March 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Looks delicious! Goal for April make scrumptious cupcakes of some variety! You have posted so many yummy ones I can’t decide!

  4. Jeanne March 30, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    Buttercream is my favorite! And there’s no other way to make it than with tons of real butter. Great recipe!

  5. crustabakes March 30, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    This looks like a very versatile, stable buttercream, just waiting to be flavoured on!

  6. tinkerbelle86 March 30, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    yummy!!! i love cake, its a hard life!

  7. ambermartingale April 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm #



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