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American frosting in a glass bowl on top of a blue and white linen on a light grey surface

American Buttercream Frosting

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This simple recipe for American buttercream frosting is the perfect topping for your cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies! Step-by-step photos teach you how to make this easy recipe for vanilla buttercream frosting! Only 4 ingredients are needed to make this foolproof frosting.

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Enough to frost a 2 layer 8 inch cake


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  • 8oz (1 Cup) Butter, at room temp.
  • 438-500 grams (3 1/2-4 Cups) Powdered Sugar, sifted, depending on how sweet/thick you want
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1oz (2 Tablespoons) Heavy Cream / Double Cream


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large bowl with a handheld mixer beat the butter for 5 full minutes, until light and fluffy. 
  2. Sieve the powdered sugar to prevent any lumps and add half to butter. Beat for another 5 minutes then add the remaining powdered sugar and mix for 3 more minutes. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl multiple times to ensure everything is evenly combined.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and heavy cream and beat for another 3 minutes. 
  4. Spread or pipe frosting. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days, let come to room temperature and mix before using. 


Please read the full post above to answer lots of common questions

  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American
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