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11 Buttercream Frosting Recipes That'll Make Your Baked Goods Irresistible

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

If we're laying it all out there, we have to be honest and say there's never been a spoonful of frosting we met that we didn't like. I mean, it's a truckload of creamy sugar — what's not to love? And while grabbing a tub of chocolate frosting at the grocery store and honkering down with a box of graham crackers sounds like one heck of a Friday night, glorious homemade buttercream frosting is literally what dreams are made of. But whipping up your own sounds like an awful lot of work, right? Honestly, you'd be surprised at how truly easy it is to DIY your own frosting.

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 September 2017.

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