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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Classic American Buttercream Frosting

Fluffy, sweet and perfect for piping, this classic buttercream is right at home on cupcakes, cake, cookies or sandwiched between two graham crackers!

swirl of white classic American buttercream on plate


      Homemade frosting is super simple to make and tastes so much better than those tubs.  If you are looking for an easy recipe with very few steps and only a handful of ingredients, American buttercream is for you. This frosting is perfect for piping shapes and borders, it spreads over cakes well too.  It is versatile and delicious too!


    There are few things simpler than American buttercream.  It makes you wonder why you ever bought one of those tubs of frosting.

    This buttercream is made from only 4 ingredients, most of which you probably have anyway.  It is light and fluffy and oh so good!

    Plus it is really adaptable.  You can change the extract to match your mood.


mixer paddle full of fluffy white classic american buttercream frosting


     Make it a little thinner for spreading or thicker for piping.  Or you can just dip in a graham cracker and call it a day!

    By now I am sure you know I love my frosting.  I love experimenting with different flavors and textures too.   


    But there is just something about a classic buttercream that makes it a necessary part of your arsenal no matter how many other frosting recipes you try (and love!)   


classic american buttercream frosting being piped onto cupcakes to make lamb cupcake cake

     Once you master this basic recipe, you can do anything your heart desires! There are no limits to how many variations you can make.      


     If you like buttercream but want to switch it up a bit, you may like my sweetened condensed milk buttercream.  Or there is the white chocolate buttercream that is amazing too.    

    
    Of course there is chocolate buttercream and marshmallow buttercream as well.  You better start baking a bunch of cakes so you can try them all!  


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Storing your frosting:

American buttercream can be stored at room temperature for up to two days.  Just make sure to keep it covered so it doesn't form a crust.     


For longer storage, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze for up to two months. Just bring the frosting to room temperature and whip before using.  

  
layer cake with 3D frosting sunflowers on top

Tips for making the best frosting

   Make sure your butter is soft when you start. It should be soft enough to dent with your finger, but not so soft that it's greasy and wimpy.    


    The temperature, humidity and your desired consistency will affect how much milk or cream you will need to use. Just add it a bit at a time until you get to where you want it to be. 


    When you get close, really start adding just a tiny splash at a time. It takes a lot of sugar to undo it if you go too far.


    If your frosting tastes too sweet, add a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. It's not enough to taste, just enough to bring back the sugar a bit.


    Feel free to play with flavors and textures and find your best mix. Sometimes its fun to play with your food!


cake frosted in white buttercream with frosting sunflowers piped on top

Watch me use this frosting to decorate a sunflower cake


Click the image below to see me take a simple white cake and this buttercream and turn it into a super simple sunflower cake. It is fun and easy!

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If you are a frosting fanatic like me, check out my Frosting 101. It goes through the different types of frosting and links to all sorts of delicious recipes!


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How to Make Classic American Buttercreamhttps://youtu.be/ZBM_XMQE_CkAmerican buttercream is one of the easiest frosting recipes to make. It is pretty much no fail and can be used to make cakes that are simple or complex. It's great for piping flowers or just spreading over a cake. This is the one frosting recipe everyone needs to know.https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tXdPNI0zpE0/X7pqQ6qc5FI/AAAAAAABDWQ/LIbY7OmbzSIo_BsAlSvEkc_SGuaOI1W6QCNcBGAsYHQ/w400-h225/American%2Bbuttercream%2Bthumb.jpg2020-11-22
Yield: 24 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
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Classic American Buttercream

Classic American Buttercream

Fluffy, sweet and perfect for piping, this classic buttercream is right at home on cupcakes, cake, cookies or sandwiched between two graham crackers!
Prep time: 8 MinTotal time: 8 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon whole milk (possibly more)
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In your mixer, lightly cream the butter.
  2. On low, mix in the powdered sugar and salt. Scrape down sides and continue to mix on low until incorporated.
  3. Turn mixer to medium-high and beat for about 3 minutes. While mixing, add vanilla and milk.
  4. Add more milk or powdered sugar if necessary to achieve the consistency you'd like.

Calories

122.69

Fat (grams)

7.69

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.87

Carbs (grams)

13.80

Fiber (grams)

0.00

Net carbs

13.80

Sugar (grams)

13.53

Protein (grams)

0.10

Sodium (milligrams)

66.90

Cholesterol (grams)

20.40
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Homemade frosting is super simple to make and tastes so much better than those tubs.  If you are looking for an easy recipe with very few steps and only a handful of ingredients, American buttercream is for you. This frosting is perfect for piping shapes and borders, it spreads over cakes well too.  It is versatile and delicious too!



6 comments:

  1. I drove myself nuts trying to find this recipe last weekend! Lol....I clicked a link under another recipe,; no go. Searched; nothing found. SOOO glad it's here today!! Pinned and thank you!! By the way, I'm a new subscriber, because I absolutely LOVE your recipes! I've been seeing them on linky parties and all...have pinned so many of them.

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    1. Thank you so much! Sounds like I should have posted this one a little sooner ;-)

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  2. Perfect and just what I needed! Thank you, Carlee :)

    I think I pinned so many recipes from your site today that Pinterest might ban me LOL

    xo

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  3. You are absolutely the frosting queen and buttercream is my all time favorite. How I’d love to dip my finger in the bowl, no, a spoon!!

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