Rating: 3.41 stars
611 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 136
  • 4 star values: 157
  • 3 star values: 177
  • 2 star values: 104
  • 1 star values: 37

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

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.

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  • Reduce speed to medium. Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes. (After every 2 additions, increase speed to high, and beat for 10 seconds, then reduce speed to medium-high). Add vanilla, and beat until buttercream is smooth. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. (Bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth before using.)

Reviews (19)

611 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 136
  • 4 star values: 157
  • 3 star values: 177
  • 2 star values: 104
  • 1 star values: 37
Rating: Unrated
08/03/2014
Umm, butter cream without any egg yolks ? It takes 10 mn to beat sugar and yolks, and to heat them up in boiling milk with real vanilla. That's how you get taste. Not with butter and icing sugar.
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07/18/2014
Hi guys! I have a question... I don't have an electric mixer can I still do this recipe?
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03/14/2012
Awesome recipe! (:
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03/14/2012
Awesome recipe! (:
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01/22/2012
I used this with the one-bowl chocolate cupcakes. Very good. The bad part was that my arm got tired mixing in the sugar incrementally. Seems like to took forever (I followed the directions exactly)!
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12/19/2011
love it
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07/10/2011
j8
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09/25/2010
Oops...not muffins, the chocolate chip cupcakes!
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09/25/2010
This is a super easy recipe, but not even close to the best buttercream I've had or made. The powdered sugar doesn't make it grainy but it's not a totally smooth frosting either. it is EXTREMELY sweet...I paired it with the chocolate chip muffins and it's almost too sugary to enjoy.
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04/12/2010
Try a couple tsps. of cream instead of water.
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03/20/2010
I added 1tsp of vanilla and 2-3 tsp of water for consistency. I piped onto cupcakes, definitely enough for 24 cupcakes as I only used about 1/2 for the 12 I did. Also, 4 cups of confectioners sugar to a pound is correct. Also, they have nifty 1lb boxes of confectioners sugar as well.
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03/20/2010
I added 1tsp of vanilla and 2-3 tsp of water for consistency. I piped onto cupcakes, definitely enough for 24 cupcakes as I only used about 1/2 for the 12 I did. Also, 4 cups of confectioners sugar to a pound is correct. Also, they have nifty 1lb boxes of confectioners sugar as well.
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03/14/2010
i think it's 4 cups for confectioner's sugar to the pound...
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03/03/2010
how many cups equal a pound?
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02/28/2010
Where is the chocolate in the recipe? The picture shows chocolate frosting.
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03/25/2009
No liquid??
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03/25/2009
This recipe is delicious! I have received nothing but compliments. And my frosting was very smooth and creamy -- no "grainy" issues.
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02/16/2009
Confectioner's sugar is POWDERED sugar - how did it get grainy???
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01/30/2009
Grainy from confectioners' sugar and I even used less than recipe called for (and sifted it). Not very buttery. Good but not as great as I expected it to be.