Buttercream Frosting

By September 3, 2013April 15th, 2019Baking, Cooking, Cupcakes, Frosting, Home page - Slider

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There are as many different ways to make Buttercream Frosting as there are bakers mixing it. Some like using butter only and some like using a combination of butter and shortening. For many years I used butter only, and then recently I started adding shortening and couldn’t believe what a difference it made.

When I frost a cupcake or cake, I like the flavor of the cake to be what you taste, not all the sugary frosting. This Buttercream Frosting is a perfect balance between creamy butter and sugar.

Buttercream Frosting :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Much to everyone’s surprise – as much baking as I have done in the almost 25 years of marriage, it wasn’t until last Christmas that I bought my first Kitchen Aid mixer (I bought this one- and love it!). I have to say it does make a huge difference when you are mixing frosting, but a regular electric hand mixer does do the job too.

Buttercream Frosting :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

This Buttercream Frosting also has a great consistency. It’s creamy, but thick enough to use for piping onto cupcakes.

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One of my most requested cupcake recipes, Butterfingers Cupcakes, uses this Buttercream Frosting recipe.

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And these Zucchini Cupcakes have the same frosting base, but I added a little caramel topping to it to change the flavor. You can add any flavor you like, even cocoa to make Chocolate Frosting, use about 1/3 cup.

Buttercream Frosting :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Creamy and thick, not too sweet Buttercream Frosting recipe from HoosierHomemade.com


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Salted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Shortening
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 tablespoons very cold milk or cream
  • 8-9 cups Powdered Sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butters and shortening until smooth, about 3-5 minutes
  2. Add vanilla and milk (or cream) together
  3. Gradually add 4-5 cups of powdered sugar
  4. Alternating with a couple tablespoons of milk
  5. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar, alternating with more milk until desired consistency


This is a big batch of frosting, make it all at once and store leftovers in airtight container in the fridge. Or divide the batch and only make half.

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