Classic Buttercream Frosting.

Get the delicious recipe for Classic Buttercream Frosting, probably the #1 most popular and all-purpose frosting recipe of all time, perfect for everything from a classic birthday cake to any special occasion cake.

Buttercream frosting is one of those classic recipes that every grandmother teaches you how to make. It pairs perfectly on any and every cake and has a classic flavor we’ve all come to love.

We paired this icing with our Coconut Cake and it topped the cake off just perfectly. The good thing about buttercream is that it basically pairs with just about anything that needs frosting. And, it’s super simple to make with just a few key ingredients that you probably already have on hand in your pantry. This is a staple that must be in your go-to baking arsenal.

Buttercream Frosting.

Buttercream Frosting.
Author: heirloomed
This recipe for classic buttercream frosting pairs perfectly with any cake.


  • 12 oz cream cheese , let it soften to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter – microwave for about 15-30 seconds to soften butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla  extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar


How to cook Buttercream Frosting.

  1. Use an electric mixture, with the paddle attachment, to whip butter with cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Slowly mix in the vanilla extract. Continue whipping on medium speed adding in the powdered sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  3. If the texture seems a bit runny, you can chill as needed to help it thicken up.
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A little tip from me on this one, I love subbing out the vanilla for an almond extract for an even deeper flavor profile here. Just give it a try! I’d love to know your favorite dessert to pair buttercream frosting with. Let me know in the comments below.


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