~Buttercream for cupcakes and cakes~

Buttercream~! Yeeey~! My Owner and I love to use it almost in everything to turn it into something sweet~ Though he is a bit exaggerated sometimes~ ^^” My Owner always tries to do the best of the best, and I’m agree with him. The best way to make a buttercream is how to make it ahead of time and how to customize it with over a dozen flavor options~

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Flavor Ideas:

You may need to adjust the powdered sugar ratio depending on your flavor preferences and adjust the cream ratio depending on your texture preferences.


Add 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder


Add 1/3 cup seedless strawberry preserves and a few drops of red food coloring


Add 1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves and a few drops of red food coloring


Add 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder


Use 3/4 light brown sugar in place of all powdered sugar, add 1 1/4 cups flour, and garnish with mini chocolate chips


Add 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup malted milk powder, and use 1/4 cup milk, plus more if needed


Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter and reduce the powdered sugar to 2 1/2 cups


Use Bailey’s Irish Cream instead of cream


Add in 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup Kahlua in place of the cream


Add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and a few drops of green food coloring


Add in 2/3 cup Nutella and reduce powdered sugar to 2 cups


Add in 2 tablespoons lemon zest and 3 tablespoons lemon juice and increase powdered sugar to 3 1/2 cups


Add in 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract


Add 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


Add in 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, remove cream


Add in 1/3 cup caramel topping and increase salt to 1 teaspoon, remove cream

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This makes enough buttercream to frost about 12 to 15 cupcakes. Double this recipe to frost a 8 or 9-inch two layer cake.


  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks or 1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cream

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In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add the salt, vanilla, and cream and beat on medium for 1 minute, adding more cream if needed.

Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let come to room temperature and re-whip in the stand mixer until light and fluffy again. Add a tablespoon or 2 of powdered sugar if it needs to thicken.

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  • How can something with 3 cups of sugar NOT be really way too sweet?

Powdered sugar isn’t as dense as regular sugar. So it may look like more than it actually is. Some buttercream recipes actually call for 4 cups of powdered sugar so this is relatively conservative. Feel free to also adjust the sugar ratio to your preferences.

  • When do I add the flavor in the beginning or at the end?

You can add flavorings anytime after the butter + sugar have been beaten together.

  • When you say cream does that mean heavy whipping cream?

Yes, that works fine~



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