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Classic Buttercream Frosting

A fantastic buttercream frosting is necessary to have in your recipe collection, especially if you’ve got little ones in your life! Use my Classic Buttercream Frosting for all your special occasion cakes and cookies, and totally not just for eating by the spoonful out of the fridge…because I definitely don’t do that... (:
Total Time5 mins
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  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract, the real stuff!
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk, or milk of choice (but I really, really recommend using almond milk!!)
  • Food coloring of choice, optional (the natural color of this frosting is also really pretty!)


  • In a food processor (my preference, but you may also use a hand held or stand mixer), add the butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp almond milk. Pulse to get things going, then mix/process until smooth. It should be pretty thick!
  • Now add the remaining 1 Tbsp of almond milk, along with the food coloring of your choice, if using. Mix again until the color has incorporated and that last Tbsp of almond milk has thinned the frosting out a bit.
  • Your classic buttercream frosting is done! Use it to frost cookies, cakes, etc.! Enjoy! (:


This recipe doubles very well! For reference, when frosting my daughter’s two-layer unicorn birthday cake, I doubled this recipe and had the perfect amount of buttercream.
This frosting is gluten free!
This frosting can easily be made vegan by using your favorite vegan butter!