Our family's favorite buttercream frosting

Buttercream Frosting} Christmas Cupcakes

Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 3 sticks butter softened
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • whipping cream or 1/2 and 1/2 - enough to thin frosting to desired consistency


  • Beat butter in mixer on medium high for 2-3 minutes or until pale and creamy
  • Reduce speed to medium and add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time
  • Beat well after each addition increasing speed to high after all sugar is added
  • Add vanilla and food coloring if desired
  • Beat until buttercream is smooth
  • Can be refrigerated for several days if covered
  • If refrigerating, bring to room temperature before using and beat on low until smooth