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Basic Buttercream


Easy to make, this sweet and delicious buttercream screams birthday cake.

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  • Yield: Makes 6 cups (enough to frost one 8-inch layer cake)

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2010


  • 6 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 9 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Beat butter and 3 cups sugar with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to medium-low, and continue to beat, gradually adding remaining 6 cups sugar, 1 cup at a time. Raise speed to medium-high; add vanilla. Beat until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes more.

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