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.

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. 

Italian Meringue Buttercream

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

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."

Basic Buttercream

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

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.

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.  

Coffee Buttercream

Flavored with instant espresso powder, this lively frosting goes especially well with chocolate desserts, whether it's a simple batch of cupcakes or Martha's next-level Chocolate Meringue Cake with Coffee Buttercream.

Inspiration and Ideas

Lighter Peanut Butter Frosting

Powdered peanut butter is the secret to this flavorful buttercream. Use it to frost Vanilla Cupcakes or any dessert you fancy, then garnish with chopped roasted peanuts.