Buttercream Frosting

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This is a classic buttercream frosting recipe, perfect for decorating cookies, cakes and anything else you can think of! You can leave the frosting plain white, or add food coloring to make it any color you need.

Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Buttercream Frosting


  • 2 pounds (about 5 cups) powdered sugar
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract
  • Food gel coloring


  1. Place powdered sugar, butter, milk and extract in bowl of electric mixer. Using paddle attachment, blend.
  2. Mix in food gel coloring until frosting reaches desired color.
  3. *Makes 4 cups frosting. Buttercream can be frozen for 3-6 months. Recipe can be easily halved or doubled.

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  1. Alisha Ross said:

    Just roasted my first butternut squash the other day and was surprised at how easy it was. This sounds like a great recipe to try!