How to Make Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting

Whip up your own buttercream frosting in minutes. Only a few basic ingredients required.

  • Author: Erin Huffstetler,
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Enough frosting for a 13x9 cake, or 2 8x8 or 9x9 cakes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 lb of powdered sugar (about 31/2 cups sifted)
  • 1 stick butter, softened (1/2 cup)
  • 45 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla


Cream the butter and sugar together.

Add the vanilla, and the first 4 Tbsp of milk.

Add the last Tbsp of milk, if the frosting is too thick.

Use at room temperature, for best results.


  • For Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: Add 2/3 cup cocoa powder or 3 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate (melted and cooled). If you use cocoa powder, add two more Tablespoons of milk to account for the additional dry ingredients.
  • For Lemon Buttercream frosting: Omit the vanilla; and replace it with the zest and juice of one lemon.
  • Makes enough to frost a 13×9 cake or a two-layer 8×8 or 9×9 cake. Also good on sugar cookies.