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5 from 2 votes

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Make delicious cupcakes fast with this simply delicious Buttercream Frosting. You'll never use store-bought frosting again!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredients, 30 minutes or less, baked goods, cakes, cookies, cupcakes
Servings: 1 Batch
Calories: 3155kcal


  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • With a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
    creaming together butter and sugar
  • Add heavy cream and vanilla extract and mix on medium high until just combined. If your frosting is too thick, you can add additional heavy cream one tablespoon at a time. If it is too runny add additional powdered sugar a 1/4 cup at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
    adding cream and flavoring to frosting


VARIATIONS - Follow the recipe, but substitute the vanilla extract with any of the following -
  • Red Hot Cinnamon Buttercream - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract
  • Lemon Buttercream - 2 teaspoons lemon extract + 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Vanilla Bean - 1 Vanilla Bean, scraped
  • Cookie Shop Sugar Cookies - 1-2 teaspoons of almond extract
SUBSTITUTIONS - Feel free to substitute a vegan butter spread for the regular butter and/or soy or rice milk in place of the heavy cream. I like using Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread and vanilla soy milk.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 3155kcal | Carbohydrates: 361g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 195g | Saturated Fat: 124g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 51g | Trans Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 529mg | Sodium: 1640mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 353g | Vitamin A: 6114IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg