American Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I have been trying to add an American Buttercream Frosting recipe to this blog forever! I don’t know what happens. Well, yes I do. Every time I make it I put it on a cake or cupcakes and either give it away or we eat it. I have also been known to play with the frosting to see what kind of flower or pretty designs I can make. Practice makes perfect but I am here to say “perfect” practice makes perfect. If you practice things the wrong way you will always do it wrong. So I guess you can say that I have been practicing a lot so I will learn the proper way to use this wonderful frosting.
How to Make American Buttercream Frosting | The Bearfoot Baker

Right now my favorite way to add a frosting to cupcakes is to create this buttercream frosting rose swirl. It is super easy and it looks impressive. I am in the process of making a video to show you a few fun and simple ways to decorate cupcakes. I think you will have as much fun decorating with this frosting as I have had.

Now back to the American buttercream frosting. I know there are over a million (maybe a zillion) American Buttercream Frosting Recipes on the world wide web and you may already have a favorite. If you do have a favorite don’t change what ain’t broken. Keep it. Use it. Don’t change just because you see a new recipe. For those of you who do not have a buttercream frosting recipe you can try this one. I will warn you, it is a little on the sweet side. If you don’t like sweet frosting, you may want to reduce the powdered sugar by 1/2 a cup.

Supplies for American Buttercream Frosting Recipe:

2 Sticks (8ounces) of unsalted butter, softened
4 1/2  – 5 cups of Confectionary Sugar (powdered sugar) 1.25 lbs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of milk


How to Make American Buttercream Frosting | The Bearfoot Baker

American Buttercream Frosting Recipe

American Buttercream Frosting Recipe is a classic frosting that's made with butter, powdered sugar, milk & vanilla extract. It's easy to make, tastes great and will make your cakes, cupcakes and cookies look beautiful.
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Servings: 3 1/2 cups of frosting


  • 2 Sticks 8 ounces of unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups 1.25 pounds of Confectionary Sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk


  • Once your butter is room temperature, place it in the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer and whip it with the whisk attachment for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add 4 cups of the confectioners sugar, one cup at a time, and whip it for at least one minute before adding more.
  • Add the vanilla and the milk and whip for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the last cup of powdered sugar and whip for about 3 minutes.

Here is a quick little video to show you how to make this glorious frosting:

Now get ready to make some cupcakes, cakes and other fun thing with this frosting. I have been baking and decorating like a mad woman. I can’t wait to share them with you!

More Frosting Recipes:

Coconut Buttercream Frosting
Crusting Buttercream Frosting
Swiss Meringue Frosting

Italian Meringue Frosting
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting by Add a Pinch
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting by Cooking Classy

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