The Best Fluffy Buttercream Frosting, light as air and not too sweet!
Happy Friday! So, I’m going to get right into this. I’m in a lot of forums on facebook. Everything from Dalmatians to baking. And, one thing I come across in the foodie forums are people asking for THE BEST buttercream frosting recipe. A lot.
I’ve seen the same complaints about this too on different occasions; sometimes it just comes out overly sweet. Other times it is too thick or even too runny. BUT, I finally put together the best (to me) recipe for buttercream icing.
After making this batch of buttercream frosting yesterday for a super yummy upcoming cupcake post, I knew I had to share it, and quick!
It is SO fluffy, and light and airy and just… YUM.
I showed a photo to my Mom over text and she asked me if it was cool whip because it looked so fluffy but nope! Just the best buttercream ever made!
It reminds me a lot of that whipped frosting you can get on cakes at the grocery store. Those are normally made with whipping cream but not this one. This has traditional buttercream ingredients but I think what really sets it apart is the way you add everything into the mixing bowl.
Butter. Powdered Sugar. Vanilla. Milk and a pinch of salt… that’s it!
I really took my time to perfect this buttercream recipe and I hope you enjoy it too!
First, I sifted the powdered sugar so it was light as air. Then, whip the softened butter until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar just a spoonful at a time, making sure each batch is incorporated until adding the next. I really think this is what made this frosting stand out.
Looking for cupcake recipes to top with this buttercream recipe? Try some of these:
- Banana Cupcakes (also a recipe for the best cream cheese frosting!)
- Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
- Surprise Inside Heart Cupcakes
- 1 Cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract, or extract flavor of your choice
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Place butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until smooth and fluffy, about a minute.
- Add in the sifted powdered sugar a spoonful at a time over low speed. Turn up the speed to medium until fully incorporated. Keep doing this until all of the sugar is added, scraping down the sides if necessary.
- Add the salt and stir to combine, add in the vanilla and stir to combine. Add in the milk and whip the frosting for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
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