magic buttercream frosting

★★★★★ 3
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By M S
from Anywhere, AL

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.

★★★★★ 3
serves Thinly frosts 2 9" rounds, double for thick frosting
prep time 15 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For magic buttercream frosting

  • 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

How To Make magic buttercream frosting

  • 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.
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