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easy buttercream frosting

Easy Buttercream Frosting

Delicious, rich and easy buttercream frosting recipe that anyone can make. This is not a crusting buttercream. It is meringue based so it has a slight shine and chills nicely in the fridge. Takes 10 minutes to make and is fool-proof! Light, fluffy and not too sweet. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttercream frosting
Prep Time 5 minutes
mixing time 20 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 849 kcal

Ingredients

  • 24 oz unsalted butter room temperature. You can use salted butter but it will affect the taste and you need to leave out additional salt
  • 24 oz powdered sugar sifted if not from a bag
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 oz pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 TINY drop purple food coloring (optional) for whiter frosting
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

  1. Place egg whites and powdered sugar in a stand mixer bowl. Attach the whisk and combine ingredients on low and then whip on high for 5 minutes 

  2. Add in your butter in chunks and whip with the whisk attachment to combine. It will look curdled at first. This is normal. It will also look pretty yellow. Keep whipping. 

    easy buttercream frosting
  3. Let whip on high for 8-10 minutes until it's very white, light and shiny. 

    easy buttercream frosting
  4. Switch to a paddle attachment and mix on low for 15-20 minutes to make the buttercream very smooth and remove air bubbles. This isn't required but if you want really creamy frosting, you don't want to skip it. 

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 849 Calories from Fat 549
% Daily Value*
Fat 61g94%
Saturated Fat 38g190%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 240mg10%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Sugar 74g82%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2055IU41%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.