Grandma's Buttercream Frosting


This is my grandma's recipe for buttercream frosting. It works wonderfully for decorated cakes, and tastes great!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
5 cups


  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 6 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 4 teaspoons meringue powder

  • ¼ cup milk, or more as needed

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Place butter and shortening in a large mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar.

  2. Mix water and meringue powder together in a small bowl. Beat into the frosting. Add milk, vanilla extract, salt, and cream of tartar; continue beating until light and fluffy. Add more milk if frosting is too thick.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

119 Calories
5g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 119
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 0g
Calcium 3mg 0%
Potassium 10mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.