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Learn how to make the ultimate buttercream frosting with my buttercream frosting recipe.
Crazy Frosting Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Go crazy and make your own bold flavors with my light and airy buttercream frosting recipe.Go crazy and make your own bold flavors with my light and airy buttercream frosting recipe.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • cups (340g/12oz) butter, at room temperature
  • 5⅔ cups (680g/1lb 8oz) confectioners' sugar, sifted*
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk or cream
  • pinch of salt
  • Add Ins:
    Strawberry Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup (21/2oz/75g) fresh or frozen strawberries, pureed and strained
    Chocolate Frosting:
  • 1 1/3 cups (51/3oz/160g) cocoa powder
    Coffee Frosting:
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water
    Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting:
  • 3 teaspoons mint extract
  • 1/2 cup (3oz/90g) chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 drop green food coloring (optional)
    Peanut butter Frosting:
  • 3/4 cup (6oz/180g) smooth peanut butter
    Vanilla Frosting:
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract , total for the batch.

  • Lemon Frosting:
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or using an electric hand mixer whip the butter until light and creamy for about 7-8 minutes on medium/high speed.
  2. Once the butter is pale in color and light slowly add in the sifted confectioners' sugar one spoon at a time on medium speed. Let the sugar fully incorporate before adding in more sugar.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, salt and milk or cream.
  4. Whip on high speed for another 3-4 minutes until very light, creamy, and fluffy.
  5. Add in the flavorings of your choice to create your desired flavor.
Recipe Notes

Sift the sugar AFTER you have measured it.

Use the buttercream straight away or keep it refrigerated for up to 4 weeks. Before use make sure it comes to room temperature.

If you want a little bit of extra color add a bit of food dye until you've reached your desired color.