Whipped Buttercream Frosting Recipe

If you want to learn how to make a homemade whipped “buttercream” frosting that is great for cupcakes or spatula-iced cakes, our vanilla-flavored recipe is an easy way to branch out. Meringue powder helps keep it moist and stable, and its super fluffy texture makes it luxuriously and easily spreadable.
Makes: About 4 cups icing
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

In medium bowl, use electric mixer with whip attachment to whip butter at medium speed for 5 minutes or until soft and light in color.

Step 2

Add sugar, beating after each cup, and whip on low speed until fully combined. Icing will appear dry. Add meringue powder and whip until combined.

Step 3

Add vanilla, salt and milk. Whip on medium speed for 10 minutes until icing is very fluffy.

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butter, softened

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)

confectioners' sugar

5 cups confectioners' sugar (about 1-1/4 pounds)


1/2 teaspoon salt


1/4 cup whole milk

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