Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Having a go-to easy buttercream frosting recipe is a must. Once you find a good recipe for butter cream frosting, you’ll want to use it for all sorts of different creations and baked goods. From cakes to cupcakes and even cookies, too!
We’re demonstrating this vanilla buttercream frosting that is tinted green for some Christmas cookies we made. But, you don’t need to add food coloring to them, or you can add different color food coloring to create the perfect buttercream frosting to go with the theme of your baked goods! Arctic cupcakes? Tint the frosting blue! Sunshine cookies? Tint the buttercream frosting yellow! Your imagination is the only limit here.
Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 sticks butter; room temperuature
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp milk + up to 1 more tbsp milk
Begin by placing powdered sugar, salt, butter, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk in your mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until your ingredients are incorporated; move to a medium speed, scraping down the sides a few times until everything is well mixed – it may appear a little bit dry at this point and that is okay. Mix in additional milk 1 tsp at a time until you’ve reached your desired consistency. This should not take more than an additional tablespoon of milk.
Color with food coloring if desired. The photos I’m using are from when we made 3-D Christmas Tree cookies, so I’ve colored this buttercream frosting green for that recipe.
This easy buttercream frosting only takes a few minutes to mix up and will be ready to frost all of your delicious cakes, cupcakes, cookies, donuts and more! Note that this is not a cookie icing, and does not harden as such. Don’t plan on stacking your cookies when you use this frosting, but it does taste great on anything and everything, even a spoon ;)!
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
- Add powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and 1 Tbsp of milk to mixing bowl
- Beat on low speed until your ingredients are incorporated; move to a medium speed, scraping down the sides a few times until everything is well mixed - may appear a little bit dry at this point
- Mix in additional milk 1 tsp at a time until you've reached your desired consistency
We made these Christmas tree cookies with our buttercream frosting recipe!
Who gets to lick the frosting spoon in your house?