recipe

This colorful frosting makes cakes and cupcakes look ready to celebrate!

safety
  • No safety considerations
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 20 minutes
yield
  • Makes 3 cups (enough for 12 cupcakes or 1 sheet cake)

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Prepare Ingredients

20 tablespoons (2½ sticks)
unsalted butter, cut into 20 pieces and softened
2 tablespoons
heavy cream
1½ teaspoons
vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon
salt
2½ cups (10 ounces)
confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
⅓ cup
rainbow sprinkles

Gather Baking Equipment

Electric mixer (stand mixer with paddle attachment or handheld mixer and large bowl)
Rubber spatula
1
 
20 tablespoons (2½ sticks)
unsalted butter, cut into 20 pieces and softened
2 tablespoons
heavy cream
1½ teaspoons
vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon
salt

In bowl of stand mixer (or large bowl if using handheld mixer), combine softened butter, cream, vanilla, and salt. Lock bowl into place and attach paddle to stand mixer, if using.

 
2
 

Start mixer on medium speed and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Stop mixer. Use rubber spatula to scrape down sides of bowl.

 
3
 
2½ cups (10 ounces)
confectioners’ (powdered) sugar

Start mixer on low speed. Slowly add sugar, a little bit at a time, and beat until smooth, about 4 minutes.

 
4
 

Increase speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Stop mixer. Remove bowl from stand mixer, if using.

 
5
 
⅓ cup
rainbow sprinkles

Add sprinkles to frosting and use rubber spatula to mix until well combined.