Simple Homemade Buttercream Frosting

This is my go-to recipe when I need to frost a cake. Every birthday, this is what I use. I love love LOVE buttercream frosting! Here’s how it’s done…

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened to room temp
  • 4 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk; plus a little extra
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Beat the butter till fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in 1/4 cup milk and vanilla. Beat in the remaining sugar, a little at a time. Add additional milk a tablespoon at a time, if needed, to desired consistency.

I eat this stuff out of the bowl with a spoon. Seriously. It is SO good!

15 thoughts on “Simple Homemade Buttercream Frosting”

  1. I’m looking forward to using this recipe for cupcakes tomorrow! I’m making two dozen; how much frosting does this recipe typically make?

  2. Hello. I tried the abive recipe and I was disapoointed. Iwe found the frosting very sweet. My 7 year old son, who is a sugar fan, said it was too much sugar. I opted to add 1 cup vanilla greek yogert to kill the sugar and 4 Tbsp coco powder thus making a drizzle for iur cake. The kids loved it. Granted it was to liquid for a frosting but perfect as a drizzle.

  3. My Grandmother always made her icing this way . . only she used Carnation canned milk in place of regular milk. And then of course food color for icing sugar cookies!

  4. I am an avid baker. I love baking cakes but never have a truely great icing to put on top. this is it! this icing got rave reviews. I made this into a chocolate icing too with grand results. Brilliant recipe!I will use this over and over.

    P.S. Your chocolate whole wheat birthday cake was pretty scrumptious too. 😉

  5. Made this frosting last night for some cupcakes and it was SO sweet! It’s a gorgeous frosting, but I need to figure out how to make it a little more do-able for me.

  6. This looks very good! I make my buttercream frosting with 1 cup butter, softened, 1 cup butter flavored Crisco, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1/2 cup milk
    and 4 to 6 cups of powdered confectioners sugar. Granted, my recipe makes a huge batch of frosting! I used it on a wedding cake and I think that’s why I made the recipe yield so much!


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