Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

From Cook’s Illustrated


  1. In standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds.
  2. Add confectioners’ sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 45 seconds.
  3. Scrape down bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully combined, about 15 seconds.
  4. Scrape bowl, add vanilla, cinnamon, and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 10 seconds.
  5. Then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.
Most Helpful

This could possibly be the best frosting I have ever tasted. I put this on apple cinnamon cupcakes. OMG!!! It was deeeelish!!!

Dopnna S. September 25, 2014

I made this yesterday and served on moist white cupcakes -- it was fabulous! I used homemade rum-based vanilla extract and added a bit more than the recipe required. These were definitely "grown up" cupcakes! I look forward to making this frosting again -- it's a nice twist on a standard buttercream (and I appreciate the 1:2 butter/sugar ratio -- most recipes have FAR too much sugar). Thanks Roxanne!!

DangerBun July 04, 2010