Use This Buttercream Frosting Recipe for All of Your Holiday Decorating Merriment
If you are decorating cupcakes, a layered cake, or cookies, you need a staple buttercream frosting recipe. The keys to making a fluffy buttercream frosting: Make sure the butter is at room temperature before you begin whipping it, sift that powdered sugar beforehand (so no lumps remain), and add a few splashes of heavy whipping cream toward the end to make it almost whipped-cream-like. All you need now is a sweet object to spread (or pipe) the frosting onto… we’re partial to succulent cookies.
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Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Serves 4 cups
- 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix sugar and butter on low until well blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes. Stop and scrape down the bowls with a spatula, if needed.
Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium for 1 minute, adding more cream until you reach your desired consistency.
If adding color, divide into various mixing bowls. Drop in gel food dyes of your choice, stirring with a spoon until no streaks remain.