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.
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.
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.
Originally published February 2016. Updated October 2016.
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