Basic Vanilla Buttercream
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
The delicious cream cheese buttercream frosting recipe is a great addition to Angie Dudley's Cupcake Pops.
Strawberry Meringue Buttercream
This recipe for strawberry meringue buttercream from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook" is the perfect frosting for White Cupcakes.
Martha's Swiss Meringue Buttercream
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.