recipe

Spread this creamy frosting on cakes, cupcakes, or cookies, or use it to pipe beautiful designs. It starts out white, but you can use food coloring to create a rainbow of frosting colors!

safety
  • No safety considerations
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 20 minutes
yield
  • Makes 5 cups

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Prepare ingredients

1 pound (4 sticks)
unsalted butter, cut into 20 pieces and softened
¼ cup (2 ounces)
heavy cream
1 tablespoon
vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon
salt
4 cups (16 ounces)
confectioners’ (powdered) sugar

Gather Cooking Equipment

Electric mixer (stand mixer with paddle attachment or handheld mixer and large bowl)
Rubber spatula
1
 
1 pound (4 sticks)
unsalted butter, cut into 20 pieces and softened
¼ cup (2 ounces)
heavy cream
1 tablespoon
vanilla extract
¼ 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
 
4 cups (16 ounces)
confectioners’ (powdered) sugar

Start mixer on low speed. Slowly add confectioners’ 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.