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: 3.5 stars 620
This all-purpose buttercream is our go-to frosting. Swiss meringue buttercream has an ultra-silky, stable texture that spreads beautifully over cakes and cupcakes, and can be piped into perfect peaks and patterns. It turns out very white and light and airy and is great for tinting with color. Our recipe includes a delicious variation for chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. 

Basic Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 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 stars 305
Use this recipe to frost your favorite layer cake.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 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."

Basic Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 554
Easy to make, this sweet and basic buttercream recipe is the perfect topper to any birthday cake.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 306
The delicious cream cheese buttercream frosting recipe is a great addition to Angie Dudley's Cupcake Pops.

Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 4 stars 94
Use this buttercream to frost "Whisk Kid" blogger Kaitlin Flannery's colorful Rainbow Cake.

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.

Raven's-Nest Cake

Seeking a Halloween party dessert? Look no further than this moist buttermilk-chocolate cake frosted with vanilla buttercream. Revelers will rave about the decadent cake topper, which is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's infamous bird. To fashion the nest, pipe melted chocolate into a bowl of chilled vodka in overlapping rings—it will instantly harden—and then feather it with toasted cake crumbles (aka "dirt") and shiny candies.

Sunflower Cupcakes

Piped buttercream forms the petals of these blooming beauties, while chocolate-covered sunflower seeds create the centers.

Martha's Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 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.  

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.
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Get the fast facts on the most popular icings, from fondant to ganache.
Chocolate Sheet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Cocoa powder and melted chocolate give this classic Chocolate Sheet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream deep, well-rounded flavor. Inspired by devil’s food cake, it's a party-perfect dessert that's rich but not overly sweet.