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Classic Homemade Buttercream Frosting Recipe

American Buttercream Frosting

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Quick and easy classic american buttercream frosting recipe, requiring 4 ingredients. It holds its shape. Great for cake decorating and cupcake decorating!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 2 Cups
Calories 1779
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


  • In a mixing bowl, mix butter and vanilla extract together.
  • Add powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time), while continuing to mix.
  • Add milk (1 tbsp at a time), while continuing to mix until you reach the desired consistency. 
  • Frost your cakes/cupcakes and enjoy!



  • Read all my tips above.
  • This icing is enough to frost 24 cupcakes and one 8x2 round cake.
  • Store leftover icing in the fridge in a sealed container and use within 1 week


Calories: 1779kcal | Carbohydrates: 241g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 92g | Saturated Fat: 58g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 825mg | Potassium: 56mg | Sugar: 236g | Vitamin A: 2875IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.1mg