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The Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe – Tips for how to make the best buttercream frosting for cake decorating. Smooth, creamy, and bursting with vanilla flavor, it’s the perfect recipe for cupcakes!
While I consider this recipe to be the best buttercream frosting ever, I haven’t always had a love relationship with buttercream icing.
In fact, the way I used to make it, using half shortening instead of all butter, was never my favorite way to make it. I never liked the dulled down flavor of buttercream made with shortening.
And that, my friends, is how this lovely frosting recipe came to be. I needed a buttercream icing for piping onto cupcakes, and I wanted to make it a more flavorful icing.
It turned out to be the best buttercream frosting I’ve ever tasted, reminding me of scrumptious wedding cake. And it’s easy to make, with only 5 ingredients (including absolutely no shortening).
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CAN I SUCCESSFULLY MAKE BUTTERCREAM ICING WITHOUT SHORTENING?
Yes, you can. While shortening does add stability to the recipe, heavy whipping cream can do the same thing.
Using all butter will create a very flavorful frosting, so if you’d rather not have all of that buttery flavor, you can cut the butter in half and substitute shortening instead.
WHY DO I NEED TO USE SALTED BUTTER?
I do recommend using salted butter for this recipe, because the salt in the butter adds a richness and a better flavor to your buttercream. It gives it a zing that unsalted butter just can’t do.
And it’s so much easier to use salted butter over trying to add salt to a frosting, especially when trying to get a good consistency and texture.
CAN I FREEZE THIS BUTTERCREAM FROSTING?
You sure can! If you think about it, bakeries put their cakes in a cooler to store them for customers.
Freezing won’t hurt the texture, consistency, or flavor of your frosting. I always have a little bit of icing leftover, and I usually do freeze it for the next time I need it.
TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
Making homemade buttercream frosting is really easy, and it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients either.
- Make sure you soften the butter first. Try to get it out ahead of time and let it soften naturally; don’t be like me and use the microwave to soften it, therefore melting it.
- Mix together the softened butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, and heavy whipping cream.
- Then add in the powdered sugar, and let the mixer work its magic for 2 to 3 minutes.
You’ll end up with a very smooth, creamy, vanilla buttercream frosting that’s perfect for cake decorating, piping onto cupcakes, and more. Plus, it tastes really good.
CAN I CHANGE UP THIS BUTTERCREAM ICING RECIPE?
While I’ll have a chocolate buttercream frosting coming down the line soon, here are a few more ways you can change up this frosting recipe…
- Add a flavored extract for additional flavor… Think maple, caramel, peppermint, etc.
- If you want a lemon frosting, try adding in a little lemon juice and/or lemon zest.
- If you don’t like the buttery flavor of the icing, you can substitute the same amount of shortening for half the butter.
- You can use milk instead of heavy whipping cream, but keep in mind, you may end up with a softer icing, especially at room temperature.
- Add a little food coloring to create any color you want or need for your project.
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The Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Tips for how to make the best buttercream frosting for cake decorating. Smooth, creamy, and bursting with vanilla flavor, it's the perfect recipe for cupcakes!
First, allow the butter time to soften.*
Then mix together the softened butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, and heavy whipping cream.**
Add in the powdered sugar, and mix everything together for 2 to 3 minutes, mixing well.
If you want different colors for your icing, separate the icing into smaller bowls, and follow food coloring instructions for creating colored frosting.
You'll end up with a very smooth, creamy, vanilla buttercream frosting that's perfect for cake decorating, piping onto cupcakes, and more. Plus, it tastes really good.
*If you don't like the buttery flavor of the icing, you can substitute shortening for half the butter.
**You can also use milk instead of heavy whipping cream, but remember, you may end up with a softer icing, especially at room temperature.