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.
Everyone should have a buttercream recipe up their sleeve -- and a little extra to lick from the mixing bowl.
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.
Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream
The firm texture of this buttercream frosting helps to keep candy decorations in place.