Magic Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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Magic Buttercream Frosting

Meredith Seymour

By
@MerryCurie

This recipe has its original roots in my mom's 1960 Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, originally titled "Butter Frosting." The tweaks to that original recipe have come through 40+ years of experimentation by her and I. This is the final version we've settled on together as of three years ago. This frosting is so great because it is light, airy, sweet but not too sweet, and can be made into just about any flavor you can think of! I hope you enjoy.


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Serves:

Thinly frosts 2 9" rounds, double for thick frosting

Prep:

15 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

FOR THE BASE/BASIC VANILLA FROSTING:

2 stick
butter (1 cup) softened
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract or 1 4
2 Tbsp
milk (3 if you are making vanilla, chocolate, coffee, mocha, caramel, and butterscotch versions)
3 c
confectioners' sugar

FOR CHOCOLATE, AFTER 1ST WHIPPING ADD

2 oz
chocolate, unsweetened, melted and cooled to room temperature

LEMON, AFTER 1ST WHIPPING ADD

2 tsp
lemon zest, grated
1 tsp
lemon extract
1 Tbsp
lemon juice

LIME, AFTER 1ST WHIPPING ADD

2 tsp
lime peel, grated
1-2 Tbsp
lime juice, to taste

ORANGE, AFTER 1ST WHIPPING ADD

2 tsp
orange zest
1 tsp
orange extract
1 Tbsp
orange juice, fresh or frozen concentrate (more orange-y)

BUTTERSCOTCH, AFTER 1ST WHIPPING ADD

1/4 c
butterscotch ice cream topping

CARAMEL, AFTER 1ST WHIPPING ADD

1/4 c
caramel ice cream topping

COFFEE, AFTER 1ST WHIPPING ADD

2 tsp
instant coffee powder or 2 packets starbucks via

MOCHA, AFTER 1ST WHIPPING ADD

2 tsp
instant coffee powder or 2 packets starbucks via
2 oz
chocolate, unsweetened, melted and cooled to room temperature

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Combine ingredients in bowl OTHER than the melted, cooled, unsweetened chocolate for chocolate and mocha versions
2
Whip for 10 minutes (Yes, 10! It results in a mousse-like texture. You may need to add extra milk or powdered sugar)
3
For chocolate or mocha: Drizzle in the melted and cooled unsweetened chocolate and beat for an additional 5 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy