No dessert is complete without a thick, luxurious layer of buttercream frosting. Whether you’re decorating a birthday cake or layering cupcakes for a special occasion, buttercream frosting always adds the perfect finishing touch. Lucky for us, there’s no singular recipe for this classic topping — it comes in a variety of flavors, colors and textures.
From light and silky to thick and fluffy, these 19 recipes will show you how to make the best buttercream frosting for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a classic vanilla frosting or a more daring maple whisky, you’ll find a recipe that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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Espresso Buttercream Frosting
This espresso buttercream frosting is creamy and decadent and so easy to make. It's perfect for spreading onto cakes or piping onto cupcakes.
This Buttercream frosting is my go-to when I want an easy, fluffy vanilla frosting that tastes incredible. This recipe makes enough for one sheet cake, one 9-inch layer cake, or at least 2 dozen cupcakes.
Indulge in this velvety French buttercream, providing a distinctively rich and smooth frosting perfect for cakes and pastries. Move aside, Swiss and Italian meringue buttercreams - this silky sensation is sure to become your new favorite!
Place the 6 large egg yolks in the bowl of a stand mixer equipped with the whisk attachment.
Add 1 cup granulated sugar to a small 2-quart saucepan and carefully pour ½ cup water around the edges. Do not stir, and turn the heat to medium to allow the mixture to come to a boil.
As soon as the sugar syrup begins to boil, attach a candy thermometer.
When the mixture reaches around 220° F, begin whisking the egg yolks on medium.
When the sugar syrup reaches 239° F, remove from heat. With the mixer running at high speed, slowly and carefully pour the hot sugar syrup into the egg yolks, targeting the spot between the whisk and the sides of the bowl.
Continue to whip until the mixture is light, fluffy, and cool to the touch.
Gradually beat 1½ cups butter into the yolk mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, until all the butter is incorporated. The mixture may appear curdled at this stage, but continue mixing, and it will become smooth.
Add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and mix until combined.
Use the buttercream immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to two weeks. It can also be frozen for up to three months.
Delicious, rich and easy buttercream frosting recipe that anyone can make. This is not a crusting buttercream. It is meringue based so it has a slight shine and chills nicely in the fridge. Takes 10 minutes to make and is fool-proof! Light, fluffy and not too sweet.
This simple peanut butter buttercream frosting makes enough to frost a three- or four-layer cake. For peanut butter-lovers, this is the only frosting they need in their recipe boxes. —Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas
This raspberry buttercream frosting can be made from fresh or frozen berries. It's thick, creamy, smooth & you can easily pipe it on cakes or cupcakes. You'll love the pretty pink color and fresh raspberry flavor.
Sweeten up your desserts with this delicious Boozy Maple Whiskey Buttercream Frosting! Made with just the right amount of maple syrup and whiskey, this frosting will have your taste buds begging for more. Perfect for cupcakes, cakes, or even as an ice cream topping, you'll love this unique twist on ...
This Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream Frosting recipe is a deliciously creamy, melt-in-your-mouth frosting perfect for topping any dessert. It's made with simple ingredients like butter, sweetened condensed milk, and confectioners' sugar for a sweet, rich topping that can be used on cakes, cupca...