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


  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**.
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brilliant brilliant i love it mmmmmmmmmm

5 5

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

I loved working with this. It was just right for my sons birthday, I flavored it strawberry and every one raved over it. My pic is of the monkey. Thanks for this recipe, its in my keep forever file.