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.

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Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.55 stars 620
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 769
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 305
Use this recipe to frost your favorite layer cake.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.55 stars 193
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."

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.51 stars 306
The delicious cream cheese buttercream frosting recipe is a great addition to Angie Dudley's Cupcake Pops.

Basic Buttercream

Rating: 3.43 stars 554
Easy to make, this sweet and basic buttercream recipe is the perfect topper to any birthday cake.

Martha's Sunflower Cupcakes

Martha tints Swiss meringue buttercream a golden yellow, then pipes it into petals atop moist vanilla-bean cupcakes. The best part? Candy-coated sunflower seeds form the flower centers.

Pink Croquembouche

French for "crunch in the mouth," croquembouche is a tower of cream puffs held together by hot caramel. Martha makes the dessert even more showstopping by turning the pastries pink and filling them with strawberry buttercream.

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.

Martha's Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.58 stars 60
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.  

Strawberry Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.36 stars 284
This recipe for strawberry meringue buttercream from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook" is the perfect frosting for White Cupcakes.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Basic Buttercream
Rating: 3.41 stars

Everyone should have a buttercream recipe up their sleeve -- and a little extra to lick from the mixing bowl.