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Easy homemade buttercream frosting on chocolate cupcakes and in a piping bag
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5 from 12 votes

Classic Buttercream Frosting

This classic buttercream frosting is perfect for all your cake and cupcake decorating needs. And it is super simple and quick to make at home. It will probably take you less time to make it at home then it does to drive to the store and buy some premade frosting, provided you already have the ingredients of course. If I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cakes, Dessert, Ingredient
Cuisine: American, French, Italian
Keyword: creamy, smooth, soft, sweet
Servings: 36 Servings
Calories: 76kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Piping bag
  • Tips
  • Bowl
  • Mixer
  • Spatula


  • 1 cup softened room temp unsalted butter 227g
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract 10ml
  • 4 cups of confectioner's sugar powdered sugar (500g)
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp. of milk 30 to 45ml


  • Begin by creaming the butter with the vanilla or other flavoring extract in a large bowl with a hand mixer, stand mixer, or sturdy whisk. If you forget to leave out the butter beforehand to soften, just put it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it. Or soften it in the oven on warm.
  • Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until all combined. The result will be a very thick frosting.
  • Thin the frosting out by adding a little bit of milk at a time until you get your desired thickness. Now your frosting will be ready and you can use it in a piping bag or just use a spatula to put it on your cakes or cupcakes. Enjoy!



The recipe easily makes enough buttercream frosting for 24 to 36 cupcakes depending on how much you pipe on. Or 1 to 2 layered cakes. 
Store remaining frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for a few weeks.
Nutritional facts for buttercream frosting