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American Buttercream Frosting

American Buttercream Frosting




6 inch cake


10 Minutes


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  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 – 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, or milk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Food gel coloring, to suit
  • salt, to taste



  1. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add 4 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar, the heavy cream (or milk), vanilla extract and gel coloring
  2. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to medium-high speed and beat for 2 full minutes. Taste. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet
  3. Adjust if needed: You can control the consistency at this point– add up to 1/2 cup more confectioners’ sugar if frosting is too thin, or more heavy cream, or milk, if frosting is too thick, adding 1 teaspoon at a time to desired consistency
  4. Use to frost/ fill you cake as needed


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