Easy Buttercream Frosting

Need an all purpose frosting? This easy buttercream frosting will fit the bill.

A good basic butter cream frosting recipe, it can be easily adjusted to make many different flavored frostings.

For Coffee buttercream frosting, beat 2 teaspoons of instant coffee powder into the butter along with the confectioners’ sugar.

To make Mocha buttercream frosting, add 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder and 2 (1-ounce) squares of melted unsweetened chocolate into the creamed butter before adding confectioners’ sugar.

If you want a nutty frosting, prepare butter cream frosting recipe as directed and when it is of good spreading consistency, mix in 1/2 cup of minced walnuts, pecans or almonds.

This buttercream frosting recipe makes enough frosting to fill and frost a 9-inch two layer cake or 24 cupcakes.


  • 3-1/2 cups (1 - 1 pound box) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons light cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Sift confectioners’ sugar. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, cream the butter until fluffy.

3. Beat in confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time, adding alternately with cream.

4. Mix in vanilla and salt and beat until smooth and of good spreading consistency. If mixture seems too stiff, thin with a little additional cream.

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