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How to make Classic Buttercream Frosting

This recipe will give you instructions on how to make classic buttercream frosting.  This is the best buttercream frosting recipe and is the perfect buttercream frosting recipe for cakes, cookies or cinnamon rolls.  
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 cup Butter Room Temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar


  • Start with room temperature butter.  Just set your butter out an hour or so before you need to make the frosting.  Add the butter to your mixing bowl and then beat with the electric mixer until it is light and fluffy.  
  • Add half of the powdered sugar, flavoring and half of the milk. whip until light and fluffy again. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and add the milk, just a half Tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency.
  •   If you have leftover buttercream frosting, you can store it in your fridge for a couple of weeks.  Just put your buttercream frosting in a covered container with a lid. When you're ready to use it again, just take the frosting out of the fridge and let it get to room temperature again.  Using a hand-held mixer, just mix the frosting again until you have fluffy buttercream frosting again.