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Basic American Buttercream Frosting

American buttercream is the easiest style of buttercream to make with very few ingredients and steps. American buttercream is a classic with home bakers because of how quick it is to make and how versatile it is for cupcakes and cakes!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttercream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 222 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke - iambaker.net

Ingredients

  • 4 sticks (1 lb, 454 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 cups (2 lb, 907 g) confectioners sugar, sifted
  • large pinch of salt
  • 1-3 tablespoons whole milk as needed
  • extracts and flavorings as desired

Instructions

  1. Combine the butter, sugar, and flavorings in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  2. Start mixing on low speed until the sugar is incorporated with the butter. Increase the mixing speed to high and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Adjust the consistency with milk as needed.
  4. Store unused buttercream in the refrigerator in an airtight container and bring it back to room temperature before using to pipe or frost.

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Recipe Notes

Note: This recipe makes enough buttercream to generously frost 24 cupcakes or a 2 layer 9” round cake.