Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

this is the recipe for Classic American Buttercream from 'The Buttercup Bakeshop Cookbook' by Jennifer Appel I LOVE this buttercream - the trick is to whip the butter until VERY FLUFFY

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place butter in a large mixing bowl - whip for 3-5 minutes until very fluffy.
  2. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar and combine well.
  3. Add milk & vanilla and continue to combine.
  4. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time until frosting is thick and spreadable **you may not use all 8 cups**.
Most Helpful

Very good!! And very easy to make!! This is a keeper!

Amy Schimpf Wolff October 22, 2015

brilliant brilliant i love it mmmmmmmmmm

niamhtuite August 19, 2011

This is so much better than other buttercreams that I've made or eaten. The initial whipping gives it a great texture.

cookcapecod July 16, 2010