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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.
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.