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Classic Buttercream

This is a delicious, classic buttercream perfect for using to decorate anything from a kids birthday cake, to a three tiered wedding cake.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 to 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream


  • Mix room temperature butter until a whipped consistency. Slowly add 1 cup powdered sugar and mix to combine.
  • Add in salt, vanilla, and heavy cream. Slowly mix in remainder of powdered sugar. 
  • Notice I leave a big margin for the amount of powdered sugar to use. This is because everyone tends to have a frosting consistency they prefer. I like mine a bit thicker, so I tend to add more. Some keep the crumb coat frosting thinner, and make the frosting used for decorating a little thicker. If you're unsure, use around the 4 cup range. 
Keyword buttercream,, frosting,