Classic Homemade Buttercream Frosting Recipe
4.75 from 4 votes

American Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Quick and easy classic american buttercream frosting recipe, requiring 4 ingredients. It holds its shape. Great for cake decorating and cupcake decorating!

Servings: 2 Cups
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 1779 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz


  • 1 cup Butter Unsalted
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp Milk or Heavy cream More or less depending on the consistency you want


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix butter and vanilla extract together.

  2. Add powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time), while continuing to mix.

  3. Add milk (1 tbsp at a time), while continuing to mix until you reach the desired consistency. 

  4. Frost your cakes/cupcakes and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
American Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1779 Calories from Fat 828
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 92g 142%
Saturated Fat 58g 290%
Cholesterol 246mg 82%
Sodium 825mg 34%
Potassium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 241g 80%
Sugars 236g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 57.5%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.