How To Cream Butter and Sugar

Creaming butter is the process of mixing butter and sugar together to create a soft and fluffy mixture for baking. It ensures even distribution of butter through a dough or batter mixture, contributing to the rising in baked goods. Learn how to become an expert.

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Step 1: Soften Butter

Bring one stick of butter to room temperature before adding to a mixing bowl with 1 cup of granulated sugar.

Step 2: Beat Butter & Sugar

Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat softened butter and sugar together on low speed. As the sugar is beaten, it cuts through the butter, leaving small pockets of air behind. This aerates the mixture, making the final product light and fluffy.

Step 3: Increase Speed

Increase the speed of the mixer and continue beating until the texture is smooth and creamy.

Step 4: Be Careful Not To Overmix

When the sugar and butter is perfectly creamed, it will be off-white in color and have become thick, creamy, and fluffy. Be careful not to over-mix, otherwise you'll lose the air that has been incorporated and your baked goods will not rise. Ready to get started?