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11 buttercream frosting recipes that'll make you swear off store-bought forever

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Crown your cakes with our glorious homemade buttercream frosting recipes

Ah, buttercream frosting — one of the most nostalgic dessert toppings in the world. Just one taste and you're transported back to a simpler time and place, when licking frosting off a spoon was one of life's greatest pleasures. And, well, it still is. The flavor possibilities of buttercream are limitless, and even better, it's stupid easy to make.

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All you need is unsalted butter, powdered sugar and a hand or stand mixer. Then add your favorite flavorings to make it special. Buttercream frosting is so versatile and so easy you'll wonder why you ever started buying frosting in a container in the first place.

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How to make buttercream frosting

Beat room-temperature unsalted butter with any extracts until it's fluffy (2 – 4 minutes), then add any other flavorings and the powdered sugar a little at a time. To thin, add corn syrup. To thicken, add more powdered sugar. Top with garnishes after the cake or cupcake is frosted.

More: 6 Tips for perfect buttercream frosting

Crown your cakes with our glorious homemade buttercream frosting recipes
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Originally published February 2016. Updated October 2016.

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