How to Make Buttercream Frosting | Quick and Easy Icing Recipe

What better way to celebrate a special occasion than a cake or dessert featuring heavenly Buttercream Frosting? With this quick and easy recipe, you can prepare this delightful frosting at home, using it to make a great dessert perfect!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1/2 C butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 1/2 C solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 -2 lb. bag powdered sugar (8 cups)
  • 4 to 6 T. milk

Mix 1/2 cup softened butter and 1 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix.

Buttercream Forsting in mixer

Gradually add 2 lb. bag powdered sugar (8 cups), mixing as you go.

Pouring sugar into mixer for Buttercream Frosting

Add 4 to 6 tablespoons milk. Increase speed of mixer as you continue to add milk, eventually mixing on high.

Buttercream Frosting with milk

When ingredients are mixed, use frosting in other recipes as needed. Enjoy!

Buttercream Frosting being applied

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What is Buttercream?

A cupcake with delicious buttercream frosting.

Buttercream is simply a type of filling or icing used in cakes. It is great as frosting or filling, or even for decoration. Check out Wikipedia to learn everything you could want to know about buttercream!


Buttercream Frosting Video Transcript

Hi, Kristy in the Rada Kitchen, today I’m making Buttercream Frosting. It’s the best frosting to put on cakes, I’m going to put it on some stuffed cookies I’m making in another video. It’s buttery and creamy and easy to make good swirls with your cake tip. And it’s simple ingredients.

What you need is a stick of butter that has been softened. And then a cup and a half of shortening. And we’re just going to cream this together. And to that we’re going to add a teaspoon of vanilla. If you want really white frosting, you’ll want to use the clear. And now I’m just going to gradually add in a bag of powdered sugar. And this is the 2 lb bag, so I’m thinking it’s probably 8 cups. Just stir real gradually. It’s going to act like it’s really dry but we’re going to add milk to it. I like to add all the powdered sugar first. Gradually of course.

You’re going to want to keep your mixture on low, as you can see there’s a lot of powdered sugar spilling out. So now you can hear your mixtures pulling. That means it has your powdered sugar pretty well mixed in. Now we’re just going to slowly add 4 to 6 tablespoons of milk. And as that starts incorporating in you can increase your speed. The faster you get the more whipped it will get. And I like to buzz it on high, let that air whip into it.

And then if you have a decorator bag and a tip, it’s ready to use. Or you can frost it on using a spatula, too. But it just has that nice consistency to make shells. If you want to use it to write you might want to thin it down a bit more with milk. And that is quick and easy Buttercream Frosting. I’m going to make some stuffed cookis that I’m going to use this for, so check out that video too.

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