Buttercream Frosting Recipes

These buttercream frosting recipes will deliciously top off any dessert. Find recipes for our famous cream cheese buttercream frosting, to caramel buttercream frosting and chocolate buttercream frosting. We'll even teach you how to make buttercream frosting flowers.

Staff Picks

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.55 stars
This all-purpose buttercream has an ultra-silky, stable texture that spreads beautifully over cakes and cupcakes, and can be piped into perfect peaks and patterns.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.55 stars
Use this rich frosting to decorate Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes. This recipe comes from "More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen."

Italian Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.19 stars
Use this recipe to frost your favorite layer cake.

Basic Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.54 stars
Ask any pastry chef about frostings and they'll tell you that there's nothing like a good basic vanilla buttercream. This American-style vanilla buttercream from chef Billy Reece of Billy's Bakery in NYC requires just four ingredients and comes together in just about as many minutes. Smooth, fluffy, and creamy, it's ideal for all kinds of cakes, from cupcakes to multi-layered confections. 

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.51 stars
The delicious cream cheese buttercream frosting recipe is a great addition to Angie Dudley's Cupcake Pops.

Basic Buttercream

Rating: 3.43 stars
Easy to make, this sweet and basic buttercream recipe is the perfect topper to any birthday cake.

Strawberry Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.36 stars
This recipe for strawberry meringue buttercream from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook" is the perfect frosting for White Cupcakes.

Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.81 stars
Use this buttercream to frost "Whisk Kid" blogger Kaitlin Flannery's colorful Rainbow Cake.

Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.37 stars
Use this vanilla Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting when making any of your favorite cupcakes.

Martha's Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.58 stars
Famous for its smooth, silky texture and a flavor that is not saccharine, Swiss meringue buttercream is perfect for desserts like layer cakes that need a lot of frosting and could run the risk of tasting too sweet. The finished buttercream will be stable—meaning it won't separate and turn grainy—and is easy to work with: it spreads over cakes like a dream, takes well to food coloring, and can be piped into all sorts of creative designs.  

Berry Layer Cake

A blueberry-studded triple-decker cake is decorated with swirls and rosettes of frosting flavored with black raspberry jam, followed by a tumble of fresh berries.

Inspiration and Ideas

24 Beautiful Buttercream Wedding Cakes
These desserts prove that the popular frosting type can be anything you want, from elegant and intricate to simple and rustic.

Billy's Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.73 stars

Billy Reece of Billy's Bakery, a popular New York City bakery, shared this tempting recipe that works well on a number of baked goods, with Martha—go ahead and have a taste.