How to Make a Quick and Easy Buttercream Frosting

Classic buttercream frosting is a delicious addition to a freshly-baked treat, whether it's on a dozen cupcakes, under an edible topper, or in a handy mug. And as it turns out, the process of making frosting from scratch only requires a few minutes — or a little more time than it takes to polish off your delectable dessert. So what are you waiting for? Get baking!

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar, plus more if necessary

  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Stand mixer with paddle attachment, or hand mixer

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Step 1: Whip the Butter

On medium speed, whip one stick of room temperature butter until soft, or for about 15–20 seconds.

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Step 2: Add the Confectioner's Sugar

Pour two cups of confectioner's sugar onto the whipped butter.

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Step 3: Mix the Butter and Confectioner's Sugar Together

Whip the butter and confectioner's sugar together until smooth, or for about 10–15 seconds.

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Step 4: Drop the Vanilla Extract Into the Bowl

Add the vanilla extract to the butter mixture, and then mix them together on low speed.

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Step 5: Pour in the Heavy Whipping Cream and Whisk Everything Together

Add heavy whipping cream to the bowl, and continue mixing on low speed. Add additional confectioner's sugar if the consistency is not thick enough.

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Step 6: Layer the Frosting Onto Your Cooled Dessert

After your baked good has cooled, add the buttercream frosting to it using piping tools or utensils. Enjoy!

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