How To: Buttercream Frosting


Buttercream frosting is the most delicious of all the frostings and the easiest to make. Jackpot!

I really cannot understand why people buy fake frosting, especially when making a batch at home is better for you, tastes better, and about the same price. All you need are three ingredients.

3 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks butter
Up to 1/4 cup milk
vanilla extract (optional)


The butter must be room temperature to be able to make frosting. IT CANNOT BE MELTED. Make sure you set your butter out on the counter when you begin baking your cake, or whatever you are making, to soften up.

Beat the butter with a whisk and slowly add the powdered sugar. I also like to add a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Add a little of the milk at a time, alternating with the powdered sugar to smoothen out the mixture. In the end, the entire box of sugar should be used and about no more than 1/4 cup milk should have been added. The milk is just there to help thin the frosting out a tiny bit.


You can do anything to the frosting, like color it to help decorate cakes. Pipe it, smear it on, add sprinkles whatever you like. Homemade buttercream is just as versatile as what comes in the can.

If you want to make variations of the frosting, you can! Try some of these ideas:

  • Add cocoa powder to turn the frosting into chocolate.
  • Try mixing in different extracts. Almond gives frosting an amaretto flavor, but you can also go for something like an orange or lavendar.
  • Lemon zest adds a fresh kick to your frosting. Lime tastes delicious too!
  • Mix in a tablespoon or two of smooth peanut butter to make a peanut butter frosting.

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