Classic Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting
My Classic Buttercream Frosting is easy to make. Use this buttercream for cakes and cookies. It's impossible to mess up.

Throughout the year, I make cake.  

Nothing fancy, just something sweet to enjoy at home or share with family and friends.  

I frost about half of these cakes.

Red Velvet Cake
My Lanallure Red Velvet Cake. Click to view the recipe.

Once a year, for my daughter’s birthday party, I make a fancy cake.  That is, as fancy as my non-professional cake decorating abilities permit.

I definitely frost that cake.

For all of these cakes, from the fancy birthday cakes to the lazy at home cakes (like my red velvet cake and pumpkin cake), I use this classic Buttercream Frosting.

My daughter's 2019 birthday cake.

Classic Buttercream Frosting

It’s no overstatement to say that this buttercream frosting is easy to make.  So easy, in fact, that it’s fool-proof.

Add some food coloring or keep the buttercream’s natural white color.  Add some fun spices or enjoy the buttercream’s classic taste as is.

pumpkin cake
My Pumpkin Cake with Spiced Buttercream. Click to view the recipe.

Make this Buttercream Frosting

Use this buttercream to frost only the top of a cake, or use it to coat a multi-layer cake.

No matter what cake you make, this buttercream frosting is the perfect match.

lanallure Red Velvet Cake

A Few Things!

Before you start mixing together the buttercream frosting ingredients, make sure the butter is room temperature. 

Butter that’s too cold or too warm will mess with the final consistency of the frosting.  But room temperature butter will result in a buttercream that’s the perfect consistency for spreading onto any cake.

I’m not a professional cake decorator.  But I’ve learned a thing or two as I try to make my daughter’s dream birthday cake blueprints into realities each year.

Buttercream Frosting
My daughter's 2022 birthday cake blueprint and the final cake.

Yes, she literally makes a blueprint for me to follow.  Every year.  It’s absolutely adorable.

Here’s my favorite food coloring set, offset spatula, cake turntable, cake leveler, and cake scraper [aff. links] on Amazon.  These are all lifesavers for the home cake decorator. 

You can also find all of these items in my Amazon store here.

5 from 2 votes

Classic Buttercream Frosting

My Classic Buttercream Frosting is foolproof. Use this easy recipe to frost your favorite cakes, cookies, etc.
Total Time5 mins
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  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract, the real stuff!
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk, or milk of choice
  • Food coloring of choice, optional


  • Add the butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp almond milk to a large mixing bowl. With a handheld mixer, mix everything together until smooth. The frosting will be very thick at this point.
  • Now add the remaining 1 Tbsp of almond milk, along with the food coloring of your choice, if using. Mix again until the color has incorporated and that last Tbsp of almond milk has thinned the frosting out a bit.
  • Buttercream frosting is done. Use it to frost cookies, cakes, etc.


This recipe easily doubles or triples.  Just don't multiply the salt or vanilla extract measurements; keep the salt at 1/8 tsp and the vanilla extract at 2 tsp.
This frosting is gluten-free.
This frosting can easily be made vegan by using your favorite vegan butter, such as Earth Balance Buttery Sticks.
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4 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Easy and yummy! Used this recipe for last year’s Valentine cupcakes and a couple more times since then. Much, much better than the canned stuff. Friends are impressed that it’s homemade. Back again to frost another batch of Valentines Day cupcakes!

    1. I’m so happy to hear this frosting is a repeat recipe Jess! It’s amazing how much better homemade frosting is than canned. I’m sure your Valentine’s Day cupcakes were amazing 😋. Thanks for making the recipe, and for commenting!

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