The Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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My mom has the best buttercream frosting recipe. It’s light, not too sweet, and very straight forward to whip together! It’s easy to adjust the sweetness level by adding more powdered sugar or increase the vanilla flavor by adding more vanilla extract. I typically pull back a bit on the vanilla, just for personal preference, but I’m going to share the original recipe with the exact measurements below.
Buttercream Frosting // makes enough to frost approx. 20-24 cupcakes
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup Crisco
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups powdered sugar (add more for extra sweetness)
1 teaspoon vanilla (use clear to keep the frosting bright white!)
1-2 tablespoons milk
Cream butter and Crisco until fully blended. Add salt and blend together for about 10 seconds. Gradually add powdered sugar then add milk as needed to thin out the frosting to ideal thickness. Add vanilla and beat until light, smooth and creamy.
Helpful Tips: I like to use the whisk attachment for my KitchenAid Mixer. I also add powdered sugar by about 1/4 cup at a time to keep it from flying out of the bowl and making a mess. When adding salt, I usually do a little less than 1/8 teaspoon but generally, the salt helps balance out the sweetness of the frosting!