The Best Buttercream Icing

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by Cooking Up Memories
10 min

The Best Buttercream Icing is made with just four ingredients and is ready in less than 10 minutes. Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than a good buttercream frosting recipe and this one pipes like a dream. Use it for decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies.


I love icing on pretty much everything. This is a great recipe for cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. Be sure to use every last drop of the icing. If you have any leftovers, grab some graham crackers from the cupboard and make graham cracker sandwiches. So good!

I bet you’ll love my Pumpkin Pecan Cookies. They are a soft, cake-like cookie that is made with pumpkin puree, butter and lots of pecans. So delicious with buttercream icing and a sprinkle of nuts.


  • 1 cup Butter – It’s best to start with room temperature butter.
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2-3 Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream, Half & Half or Milk

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The Best Buttercream Icing
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  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 1 c Butter
  • 4 c Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2-3 Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream, Half & Half or Milk

Beat 1 cup butter and 2 tsp vanilla until smooth.
Gradually add in 4 cups powdered sugar, starting at a low speed working your way to a medium. Continue at medium speed for one to two minutes until everything is well combined.
Scrape the sides of the bowl several times while the ingredients mix.
Add 3-4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream (half & half or milk will work) until you have the consistency you prefer.
  • Use salted butter. Many of the recipes you see online will tell you to add a pinch of salt. Instead of adding salt, I use salted butter which draws out the vanilla flavor in the icing. Be sure your butter is room temperature. You’ll get the most luscious creamy frosting when you start with butter that is not cold.
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  • Ginger hudson Ginger hudson on Feb 24, 2021

    If you use cream or milk does it need to be refrigerated?

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    • Patricia Patricia on Feb 25, 2021

      in my house cake never lasts long enough to go bad.

  • Maria Maria on Feb 24, 2021

    What if i want chocolate butter cream? How much coco powder should be used and when?

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    • Kat Kat on Feb 26, 2024

      Use melted and cooled unsweetened chocolate for better flavor. Add it halfway through adding the sugar.