Quit buying canned frosting. It’s so easy to make your own homemade buttercream frosting.
In my efforts to healthify our family’s diet, I have switched from buying canned frosting to making my own. I know, frosting is frosting. It’s still butter and sugar. But, at least butter + sugar is better than partially-hydrogenated-I-don’t-know-what’s-its. I’m amazed at how much better my cakes taste with homemade buttercream. My husband and teenage son, who previously shunned white frosting because it tasted bad, now love it. However, if you’re looking for chocolate, this chocolate buttercream recipe is the bomb.
I still use boxed cake mixes. But, baby steps, baby steps.
I was also amazed to see how easy it is to make my own buttercream. I don’t really follow a recipe, I just dump stuff in until it looks good, but this last time, I took note of what I dumped. Sort of. Just for you.
Homemade Buttercream Frosting
Learn the easy way to make homemade vanilla buttercream frosting. This recipe is super simple, you’ll never buy the canned frosting again.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
frosting for 18 cupcakes
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk or half and half
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add three cups sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and vanilla extract.
- Beat until combined and fluffy.
- Adjust with more sugar or milk, depending on what consistency you’re looking for.
This frosting is delicious on cupcakes as well as any birthday cake your kid might dream up. If you want to get all tricky, consider buying a cupcake decorating kit. I bought one and was soooo impressed with myself that my cupcakes looked a little more tricked out than normal. I also like using colorful baking cups. Of course, pretty cupcakes taste better.
Which do you prefer, canned or homemade frosting?
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