No matter what flavor of cake you're making, you'll likely want to ice it with buttercream frosting. A classic topping for chocolate, vanilla, or lemon cakes, you'll want to know how to make buttercream frosting for your next celebration cake. There's nothing better than a smooth, creamy frosting on a cake baked at home! It's super simple and ready in just a few minutes. Stop buying frosting and follow these steps to learn how to make buttercream frosting at home.
Basic buttercream frosting takes only a few ingredients: butter, sugar, a pinch of salt, milk and vanilla extract. You can make some buttercream frosting recipes with shortening, but we prefer real butter. Nothing compares to the real deal in buttercream! You should use unsalted butter here, and make sure it's of good quality. It should taste good on its own and also have a pretty high fat content.
You should also use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar since incorporates into the butter more thoroughly. You'll definitely want to sift out any lumps from the powdered sugar.
Additionally, use pure vanilla extract. A little goes a long way, but make sure you choose a high quality one. If you want to step up your vanilla game, use vanilla bean paste for a gourmet touch.
Your butter should be soft when you begin to make the buttercream frosting. We suggest leaving it out at room temperature for up to 1 hour. Avoid softening it in the microwave, as it can melt and become too soft.
Once your butter is softened and you've sifted your sugar, beat the butter along with the sugar and salt. Next, add the vanilla and milk and beat it until creamy. If you need to adjust the consistency, add in either a little bit of milk or sugar at a time.
Now that you know how to make buttercream frosting, use it to top cupcakes, cakes, brownies or even cookies. We love using buttercream frosting in sandwich cookies. Try other variations of buttercream frosting, like White Chocolate-Buttercream Frosting or Coffee Buttercream Frosting.