Buttercream Recipe

Let's learn how to make buttercream! If you're a person who loves to bake, learning how to make buttercream is essential. This quick and easy buttercream recipe is tried and true, quick and easy, and incredibly delicious!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword frosting recipes for cupcakes, great for cakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author Valentina K. Wein


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place butter in a very large mixing bowl, and add about half of the powdered sugar.
  2. Use an electric mixer (or heavy wooden spoon) to mix until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining sugar and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour in the half and half and vanilla and beat for about 30 seconds -- it should be very smooth and spreadable.
  5. At this point you can add color if desired.

Recipe Notes

If you want to add different flavors to the buttercream, you should add them along with the first round of powdered sugar.