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Easy Buttercream Frosting

Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe is perfect for cupcakes, cakes, cookies or whatever else you want to add creamy deliciousness to!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword butter,shortening,vanilla extract,large batch recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Large Batch
Calories 11117kcal
Author Nicole Crocker


  • 1 Pound Unsalted Butter ,softened
  • 1 Pound Shortening
  • 2 Pounds Confectioner sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy cream
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla extract


  • In a 5 or 6 Quart Bowl of a stand mixer cream butter and shortening on high speed for 3-5 minutes until smooth and pale  yellow in color. 
  • While butter and shortening are mixing measure out your cream and milk. Add your vanilla extract to milk and cream. Set aside. 
  • Add 1 pound of confectioner sugar to your mixing bowl with butter and shortening. Top with half of the milk mixture. **(Drape a clean dish towel over the mixer and hold down against the sides of the bowl. Otherwise you'll have a white cloud of sugar everywhere!) Turn mixer on low for 1 minute. Once sugar is mixed in remove towel and scrape sides of mixer and and add remaining sugar and milk. Place towel back on mixer. Mix on low for 1 minute then once sugar is incorporated turn on high for 2 minutes. Scrape sides of mixer and mix on high for another minute. 


This recipe makes a large batch. Enough to frost one 10 or 12 inch cake. You will need  at least a 5 quart bowl but 6 quart is ideal, to fit the ingredients in. If you have a smaller mixer you'll need to make it in two separate half batches. 
*I use a Kitchen Aid 5 quart bowl but it is filled to the top. 


Calories: 11117kcal | Carbohydrates: 915g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 847g | Saturated Fat: 362g | Cholesterol: 1069mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 315mg | Sugar: 896g | Vitamin A: 12410IU | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 0.9mg