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Easy Buttercream

Updated February 23, 2016
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This is classic American-style icing, very popular at bake sales for the past fifty years. It’s a little denser and sweeter than Swiss Meringue Buttercream. It’s quick to whip up, and probably the most popular type of icing in this country.

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturebuttery, creamy, sweet

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 one-pound box (about 4 cups) confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk

Instructions

Using a hand-held electric mixer or a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

On low speed, gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar. Add the salt and vanilla. Beat in 2 tablespoons of the milk, adding more milk if needed to reach spreading consistency. Cover the surface of the icing with plastic wrap until you’re ready to frost the cupcakes.

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