Perfect Buttercream Frosting

Frosting Friday Week One - PERFECT BUTTER CREAM #FrostingFriday

Perfect Buttercream Frosting is the BEST Buttercream Recipe ever! Buttercream should be rich and creamy with the perfect amount of sweetness, while spreading and piping onto cakes beautifully…and today I have the only recipe you will ever need!

oh hayyyyyyyy!!! so here we are on FRIDAY! And I  am officially starting a fun new series called FROSTING FRIDAY! You’re into it, right? I am SO excited! Like, how has it taken me 9 years to come up with this idea? It’s basically the most obvious idea of all times.

I am so glad you’re here and I hope you’re as excited as I am. I mean, you all like frosting. It’s the universal love language.


I have new ideas for frosting all.the.time. BUT I don’t always feel like making a cake to go along with said frosting. And really…most times, frosting will be good on either a vanilla cupcakes or chocolate cupcakes. So since we have the basic cakes down let’s start our series with a Perfect ALL BUTTER Buttercream Frosting.

Plus, we will revert back to this perfect buttercream frosting recipe a number of times, building on, and jazzing it up!

Frosting Friday Week One - PERFECT BUTTER CREAM #FrostingFriday

I will say, since I have had this website since 2008 I have posted a basic buttercream frosting here before AND a whole post dedicated to jazzing that frosting up, aptly titled, Buttercream 101.

While I still stand behind my original recipe 100%, it includes shortening, which I know some are not fond of. The reason that recipe uses shortening, is to help stabilize it in warmer temperatures so it won’t get soft. Shortening holds its shape much better than butter does in any heat, so if you’re in a warm climate or want to pipe stiff roses or decorations, hop over there and try that recipe.

BUT, if you’re looking for an ALL BUTTER, ALL DELICIOUS frosting to swirl on top of a cupcake, or cover a cake with, this recipe is for you! You can easily color this frosting with gel food coloring, or leave it white and beautiful. You can also use other extract in this if you prefer! I like 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract for a “wedding cake” type frosting!

When this frosting sits out, it develops a light crust, which I love. If you don’t like that, just make sure you cover it airtight.

Perfect Buttercream Frosting Recipe is an all butter, creamy frosting!

As you can see, it swirls beautifully and tastes even better.

This recipe makes enough frosting to cover and fill one, 9-inch cake, or pipe swirls on 24 cupcakes.

How to Make the Best Buttercream Frosting

The answer to this question is OH so simple! You only need 4 ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Heavy Cream (or milk)
  • Vanilla Extract

Making sure your butter is at room temperature (but not TOO warm) is key. I will use the analogy of room temperature, being your house when the air conditioning is on…say 72-ish degrees. Soft to the touch, but not melty at all!

Also, I noted you can use heavy cream OR milk. I like to use heavy cream, because, well, it’s creamier. But it IS thicker, so if you use milk in its place, you won’t need a much. The trick when making frosting is to add liquid slowly. You can always add more, but you can never take it out. Also, it depends on how stiff you want your frosting to be! It’s not difficult at all, just trust yourself!

What can I use this Buttercream Frosting on?

I am so, so excited about this series…and I thought starting at the beginning, with my Perfect Buttercream Frosting Recipe made the most sense. Get ready for some really fun stuff coming up! AND if you have any ideas of frostings you would like me to create, leave me a comment below!

ANNNND if you want to join along on social media tag all your creations using the recipes #FrostingFriday Let’s get this party started!!

Perfect Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Perfect Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups
  • Category: Frosting
  • Method: Mixer
  • Cuisine: Dessert


This all butter frosting recipe is the best!


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Turn the speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar until it’s mixed in.
  2. Slowly stream in 1/4 cup of the heavy cream and vanilla. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix for 1 minute until creamy. Add additional heavy cream, if a creamier frosting is desired.


if you opt to use milk instead of cream start with 2 tablespoons and add from there. Milk is thinner than cream and doesn’t take as much to loosen your frosting.

*Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for 1 moth. Allow the frosting to come to room temperature before using.

Keywords: frosting, buttercream, cake, butter, recipe



15 Responses

  1. I love buttercream frosting, but I’m not crazy about the shortening either. I’ve been swapping it out with butter and everyone likes it so much better that way. This is great!

  2. Laurie

    If I want to make a lemon butter cream frosting, how much lemon juice would I add? What should I use less of in the recipe to make up for adding the lemon juice?

    1. Shelly

      I would add a tablespoon of lemon juice AND the zest! I would start by adding 1 tablespoon less of cream or milk!

  3. Yum! Buttercream is my favorite, especially when it’s made with butter. I love that you and make it into any flavor. I may need to do some baking soon.

  4. Sheil

    So excited about this series!!! Been wanting to do this with my grandkids and my girls that I teach at our church!!!

  5. Freda

    Looking forward to seeing and trying your recipes… as I love to bake too… was the school baker many years… ????

  6. Rosetta

    In the past when I have made buttercream for some reason the buttercream ends up being gritty, can you tell when why that was happening? I will try your buttercream recipe and hope that it doesn’t happen with your recipe. Can you offer any reason for that happening?

    1. Shelly

      Sounds like the powdered sugar. Try sifting it and also mix it a minute or two longer to help dissolve the sugar if you’re having issues!

  7. Craig

    Sorry, but this was not a good recipe at all. I followed directions exactly, and it was waaayy to sweet and the consistency was not creamy at all. It was dry, sticky and wouldnt spread. My Kitchenaid mixer almost stalled by the time I got all the sugar in. 7 cups of sugar seems like too much, or it needs more liquid.

    1. Shelly

      If buttercream is too thick, a simple fix is to add a bit more liquid in the mixing phase. Depending on if you’re piping the frosting, spreading it etc you can adjust the amounts of liquids easily to fit your particular taste!

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