American Buttercream Frosting

Hey there, fellow baking enthusiasts and lovers of all things sweet and creamy! Let’s talk about a classic that never goes out of style – the American Buttercream Frosting. This little gem is the quintessential frosting for decorating cakes, slathering on cupcakes, or even just eating straight out of the bowl (we don’t judge!). It’s buttery, it’s sweet, and with a few simple tweaks, it can transform into any flavor you fancy.

This recipe is your go-to guide for creating that perfect, fluffy cloud of sweetness that can elevate any dessert. Whether you’re aiming to impress at a birthday party, or just in the mood to treat yourself, mastering this buttercream will make you the hero of any dessert table. Plus, it's utterly customizable with your choice of flavors and colors. Ready to whip up some magic? Let’s dive into the deliciously simple world of American Buttercream Frosting.


  • 4 sticks (1 lb or 454 g) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 cups (2 lb or 907 g) of sifted confectioners' sugar
  • A large pinch of salt
  • Extracts and flavorings, as you like (vanilla, almond, lemon - go nuts!)
  • 1-3 tablespoons of whole milk, as needed to get the perfect consistency


  1. Start Mixing: Pop that room-temperature butter into your stand mixer's bowl (get that paddle attachment on there). Throw in the sifted confectioners' sugar and any flavorings or extracts you’re jazzed about today.

  2. Low and Slow: Begin the mixer on a low setting to get the sugar and butter friendly without creating a powdered sugar snowstorm in your kitchen. Once they’ve gotten cozy, crank that mixer up to high speed and let it rip until everything’s looking smooth, fluffy, and dreamy - about 2 minutes should do the trick.

  3. Milk It: Is your frosting looking a tad thick? No problemo. Drizzle in a bit of whole milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the cloud-like consistency you’re aiming for.

  4. Store & Serve: If by some miracle all this frosting doesn’t get used in one go, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Just remember to let it come back to room temperature before using it again to get it back to its fluffy glory.

Pro Tips:

  • Do you have a favorite flavor? Feel free to experiment by adding different extracts, like vanilla for that classic taste, almond for a nutty twist, or even a dash of lemon for a zesty kick.
  • Coloring your frosting? Gel food coloring is your BFF for vibrant colors without throwing off the consistency.

And there you have it - your fast track to becoming a buttercream genius. Whether you’re adorning a birthday cake or just looking for a sweet fix, this American Buttercream Frosting is your new best friend in the kitchen. Whip up a batch and watch it disappear before your eyes (just make sure you get a taste first!).