Homemade Buttercream Frosting
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Making your own buttercream frosting is easier than you think! All you need is some butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a little milk.
It’s easy to customize your buttercream frosting to match your taste preferences. You can add in different flavors or colors, or even mix in some chopped-up candy bars.
This recipe is super simple, and it yields a delicious, fluffy frosting that will make all of your friends and family members swoon. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious. We like to use it for birthday cakes and other special occasions.
If you’re looking for a tasty frosting that will impress your friends and family, give this recipe a try!
So there you have it, our easy and delicious homemade buttercream frosting recipe. We hope you’ll give it a try!
What is your favorite type of frosting? Let us know in the comments below.
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What Is Buttercream?
Buttercream is a mix of powdered sugar and butter that is a creamy and delicious frosting that is used for decorating cookies, cupcakes, and even a cake. Buttercream is a very popular frosting to try out.
Different Ways To Use This Frosting
You can frost any of these delicious desserts with this buttercream frosting. Feel free to try out any of these desserts and whip up this buttercream frosting.
How long can you leave buttercream out?
Buttercream can be left out at room temperature, but you need it to be covered in a dish. Otherwise, you are going to find the buttercream creates a crust on the outside. If you don’t cover the cupcakes you will then begin to dry out the cupcakes themselves.
Try my chocolate buttercream recipe as well for another tasty buttercream frosting recipe.
What’s the best butter to use for buttercream frosting?
Unsalted and softened butter is key. You do not want to melt your butter in the microwave, it needs to slowly come to room temperature.
If you were to melt the butter in the microwave it will not create that creamy frosting texture you need and want.
Will this frosting recipe melt at room temperature?
It will not melt but it will spoil if left out for more than two days. It is best to refrigerate your buttercream frosting after it is made.
This extends the life of the frosting for a few more days, so it can last up to 5 days instead of 2 days.
Why Is My Buttercream Grainy?
If your buttercream is grainy you need to whip it up more. As the frosting mixes it is going to break down the powdered sugar. If you don’t whip it enough you can have a crunchy consistency to it.
Now the other thing is if your powdered sugar is lumpy you need to sift your powdered sugar first, or it will of course create a clumpy texture to your frosting.
- Add in an extract to alter the flavor. Lemon, orange, raspberry, almond, etc.
- Food coloring will add a nice color to your frosting. A few drops will do.
- Mix in sprinkles.
- Fold in mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, etc.
- Heavy whipping cream
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
How To Make Buttercream Frosting
Step 1. Creamy the butter until fluffy and smooth.
Step 2. Mix in the vanilla.
Step 3. Add the powdered sugar to the mixture a small amount at a time until well combined.
Step 4. Pour in the heavy whipping cream, and blend until smooth and fluffy.
Step 5. Use as needed.
Step 6. This Buttercream frosting is a versatile and delicious way to top off any cake or cupcake, I love it, use it as you see fit.
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homemade buttercream frosting
- 1 c Butter, unsalted and softened
- 2 tbsp Heavy whipping cream
- 3 c Powdered sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
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- Creamy the butter until fluffy and smooth.
- Mix in the vanilla.
- Add the powdered sugar to the mixture a small amount at a time until well combined.
- Pour in the heavy whipping cream, and blend until smooth and fluffy.
- Use as needed.
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How to Store Buttercream
Store your buttercream in an airtight container in the fridge. Or you will store it on top of your desserts just make sure they are in a covered container to prevent it from drying out.
You can also store your buttercream in a piping bag in the fridge if you want. Have it ready for piping and just make sure the tip is covered with a little plastic wrap.
Does Buttercream Need to Be Refrigerated?
It doesn’t have to be refrigerated but you are going to find it is best for the shelf life. I like to have it refrigerated but it will last for up to two days at room temperature.
Can You Freeze Buttercream?
Are you wanting to freeze this homemade buttercream frosting? If so you can freeze it for up to 3 months in a freezer-friendly container. Just place the frosting in a container and freeze and then thaw in the fridge overnight before you go to frosting your desserts.
More good dessert ideas?
Rum Layer Cake Recipe with Coconut Rum Frosting – Mind-blowing delicious!
Yellow Cake with Peanut butter Frosting – One of my favorites!
Eggnog Cupcake with Rum Infused Frosting – Perfect for the holiday season.