American Buttercream Frosting

Yield: about 3 cups

1 cup of unsalted butter, softened

2 ½-3 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Milk or heavy cream, optional


In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together the butter and confectioners sugar.  Begin on low speed until crumbly, and then increase to high and beat for 3 minutes.

Add vanilla extract and beat again for another minute. If you find the buttercream is too stiff, you may add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is spreading consistency.