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buttercream frosting

Buttercream is so incredibly versatile. Add some Lemon Curd and you’ve got whipped Lemon Mousse filling. Throw in some cream cheese and you’ve got a fabulous all-purpose frosting. Or scoop it in to a Ziploc sandwich bag and you’re all set to decorate!

I’ve tried a ton of recipes over the years, but this one is definitely my favorite. It’s super easy, quick and foolproof and it works for any purpose – filling, frosting or decorating.

There's butter, for good flavor and shortening, for good stability in this recipe. So your buttercream holds up well for frosting, filling and piping decorations.

There's a list of great flavors to try after the basic recipe. They may seem simple but don’t let that fool you – they pack a big flavor punch.

And to make your frosting, filling and decorating really easy, check out these great cake decorating basics.

ingredients for the perfect buttercream frosting

yields about 8 cups of frosting (enough to fill and frost a 9" round cake - 3 layers)
NOTE: All amounts are given in U.S. standard measures. Click here for international equivalents (page will open in a new browser window) .

Flavoring Your Frosting

Unadorned Buttercream is perfectly fine but if you really want people to remember your cakes, add a dash of flavor to your frosting. For half a basic recipe of buttercream, add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of any of these great extracts:

Let's take this buttercream Frosting to the next level

Note:To frost a 9" cake you would use about half of the basic recipe and make the following substitutions or additions.

Bananas and Cream Frosting

Make a half batch of the basic recipe, using:

Chai Spice Buttercream

Try White Chai Tea Cake made up as cupcakes and frosted with this – it will blow your mind!

To half of the basic recipe, you add:

Chocolate Buttercream

To half of the basic recipe, you add: