Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream frosting has always been my go to. To be honest with you I’m not much of a frosting person, I prefer to enjoy the fullness and fluffy-ness of whatever cake or cupcake I’m eating (the meat of it all as I call it 🤣), but this frosting recipe is definitely the exception.

Since it was Ella’s birthday and I vowed to make her a cake each year I decided to make her something that I though as a one year old she’d enjoy! Although she wasn’t physically able to enjoy her cake, mommy and daddy went to see her and enjoyed her birthday dessert with her where she is laid to rest. And since I don’t make frosting that often, I decided to share the “how to” with you as I was making hers. Also I felt like with this recipe we were all celebrating my sweet girl!! Which not only warmed my heart but also brightened my spirits.

With the day being as difficult as it was I am definitely not ashamed to say I am the first person to take any shortcut I can, hence the funfetti cake mix. I love it and paired with the buttercream frosting it was like a match made in food heaven! Whatever way you choose to make your cupcakes (boxed or scratch) make sure to give this buttercream a try. I promise you everyone will love it and I will love to see what creations you have come up with. Enjoy 😉

Prep time: 25-30 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes


  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • Small pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tbs heavy whipping cream (only use this if your frosting is too tough to spread)


1. Into a large mixing bowl (if you’re using a hand held mixer) or the bowl of your standing mixer add in your room temperature butter.

2. Start to slowly break up the butter with you mixer on low and whip until it becomes fluffy and light. This may take a few minutes so be patient.

3. Now gradually start adding in you confectioners sugar (I add in 1/2 cup at a time) making sure to incorporate well into the butter and making sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl so that everything is nicely mixed together.

4. Continue to do this until you run out of sugar.

5. Add in a pinch of salt along with some vanilla extract. Continue to mix until everything is nicely incorporated.

6. If the mixture seems too thick to pipe out or spread gradually add in some heavy whipping cream, if mixture is good omit this step all together.

7. Place frosting in piping bag and decorate cupcakes!

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