classic American buttercream
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Serves: 2 cups
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk or cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • food coloring as desired
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter until creamy.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, followed by the milk or cream.
  3. Stir in the salt and vanilla, and add food coloring as desired.
  4. Use immediately!
Recipe by The Baking Fairy at