American Buttercream Recipe

I've tweaked my recipe for American buttercream a bit since the last time and I wanted to share what I've come up with.

American buttercream is very easy to make and is almost impossible to mess up. So, if you've had trouble with other buttercreams, try this one. It's also the best for piping, in my opinion. And the best part? It only takes about 10 minutes or less to make.

American Buttercream:
1 cup (250g) butter or shortening or any combination thereof
4-5 cups (1 kg) powdered sugar
approx. 1/4 cup (4-5 tablespoons) milk or preferred liquid to get the frosting to the right consistency
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tbsp vanilla sugar

Cream butter for a couple minutes until it starts to lighten and is very creamy. Add vanilla or vanilla sugar. Add powdered sugar a quarter at a time, thinning with milk whenever it starts to get too dry until all the powdered sugar is completely incorporated. Then beat another minute or two to get the light and fluffy frosting you want. If your frosting is too thick, add a little more milk. If your frosting is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.

This is not my favorite frosting to eat, but because of the other qualities, it's still a go-to recipe.

However, a lot of other people love it still, especially my children.
Another helpful thing about this recipe is its versatility. If you want to make peanut butter frosting, add a cup of frosting in with the butter. If you want to make lemon frosting, replace the milk with lemon juice. If you want to make strawberry frosting, replace the milk with strawberry jam. If you want to make chocolate frosting, add a quarter cup of baking cocoa with the powdered sugar. Feel free to try out your own variation.

To watch me make it on YouTube, click here:
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