I mean, you're probably not going to catch us turning down a tub of store-bought frosting with sprinkles — but it kinda seems more like an impulse buy you would grab while PMS-ing or just after being dumped. Gloriously sweet and fluffy homemade buttercream, on the other hand, feels like a special treat reserved for weddings and birthdays, right? Well, yes, it is decadent, but buttercream frosting is actually super-easy to whip up at home.
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 April 2017.
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