Buttercream Frosting Recipes

We'll show you how to make buttercream icing with over 80 homemade buttercream frosting recipes including vanilla, caramel and chocolate.

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Simple and Delicious Buttercream Frosting

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I decided on a whim yesterday that I wanted to make cupcakes for Canada Day. I didn't have time to buy frosting before getting ready for the fireworks show, so I ended up making my own with ingredients I already had. I was shocked at how quick and easy this was! This basic vanilla recipe makes enough to cover a dozen cupcakes, but feel free to double it (for cakes), triple it, add food coloring or different flavor extracts. If you find this too sweet, you can add a dash of salt to the milk or the vanilla. Personally I like it sweet, and I used salted butter, so I didn't find it necessary.

One Bowl Buttercream Frosting

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I use this frosting on cakes but I bet you can use it on cookies. I make this frosting quite often. YUM!!

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

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Perfect for any cake!

Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting

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Easy and creamy chocolate fudge frosting. Tastes heavenly. Use on cooled devil's food cake for a death by chocolate experience.

Smooth Buttercream Frosting

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This flavorful icing is ideal for decorating. It may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week. Re-whip before using.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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This is absolutely the best icing I have ever made.

Chocolate Buttercream

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This chocolate buttercream recipe delivers creamy, chocolate-y goodness for slathering on your favorite cakes, cookies, or spoons.

Coffee Butter Frosting

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For coffee lovers. A delicious mocha frosting. Perfect with chocolate, caramel, or white cakes.

Quick and Almost-Professional Buttercream Icing

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After failing to find the perfect recipe for buttercream icing, I found one that worked for me and then added my own two cents.

Buttercream Icing

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An easy to make egg-free frosting that works great for decorating cookies for holidays, birthdays and parties. When you need to add coloring to icing, use color paste. If you use liquid coloring, you may need to add more confectioner's sugar.

Special Buttercream Frosting

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This recipe makes an ideal buttercream for frosting cakes and decorating them with borders.
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Best Buttercream Frosting

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Best buttercream frosting--great for Aunt Mary's Chocolate Cake!

Inspiration and Ideas

Easy, Delicious Meringue Buttercream

I've been making this for my sons' birthday cakes for 5 years. This is by far the best and easiest buttercream recipe! – Beth Genovich

Custard Buttercream

A cooled cooked custard is beaten into whipped butter.

Italian Meringue Buttercream

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Everyone thinks that I got the cake from a professional bakery when I use this buttercream. It is fluffy and not too sweet, perfect for wedding cakes or layered with pound cake and fruit preserves. Tightly-wrapped, it can be frozen for a month or two. Makes enough to frost an 8-inch layer cake.