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Author Notes: The easiest frosting ever, it's very rich and dense. I like to use it for cupcakes or to top simple, single layer cakes. —Erin McDowell
Makes: about 3 cups
ounces (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
pound confectioners' sugar, sifted
teaspoons vanilla extract
ounces (1/4 cup) milk or heavy cream, at room temperature
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat room temperature butter until light and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Gradually add the confectioners' sugar (to prevent it exploding upward when you turn on the mixer), and mix on medium-low speed to combine. Once all the sugar is added, raise speed to medium-high and cream until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add vanilla extract or other flavoring and mix to combine. If using milk or cream, pour it in and mix just until incorporated. The buttercream can be used immediately or refrigerated in an airtight container.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!