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11 Buttercream Frosting Recipes That'll Make You Swear Off Store-Bought Forever

Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix th...

Cupcakes are good, but cupcakes with homemade buttercream frosting are sublime

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.

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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.

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Cupcakes are good, but cupcakes with homemade buttercream frosting are sublime

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Originally published February 2016. Updated April 2017.

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