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How to make the best ButterCream Frosting
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

The most delicious buttercream frosting ready in only 5 minutes. Use on cupcakes or any cake you like.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Buttercream, Buttercream Frosting
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 150 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter if you melt in microwave be SO careful. you easily risk getting it too runny, which will ruin your frosting.
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups half a bag powdered sugar*
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • *3-4 TBS of Evaporated Milk can use milk
  • For Chocolate Butter Cream add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  1. Beat butter and shortening together on medium speed for a few minutes. Turn down your mixer to slowest speed and slowly add sugar, vanilla. Turn mixer back to medium speed and **add milk /one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency. beat for about 3-5 more minutes the less milk, the stiffer the batter- which is best if you are cake decorating if you get your frosting too thin, add powdered sugar to stiffen back up.

Recipe Notes

In frosting shortening does several things. 

  1. Flavor! It really changes and brings out delicious flavors of the frosting without making it overly sweet or buttery.
  2. Stability! It is a lot more stable than butter, which at the slighted heat (whether from the weather or your hands even) can become soft and melt your frosting. Whereas frosting made with shortening it will withstand the high and low temps much better!
  3. Texture!!! Creamy, smooth fluffy frosting with shortening!

Can I substitute shortening with butter?

Yes, you can substitute shortening with butter. HOWEVER you will be giving up on flavor and texture. 



  1. CAN BUTTERCREAM FROSTING BE MADE IN ADVANCED? A. YES!! You can make buttercream frosting a few days before use, keep it covered and in the refrigerator. 
  2. CAN BUTTERCREAM FROSTING BE LEFT OUT AT ROOM TEMPERATURE? A. Because of the large amount of sugar, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Services say that buttercream frosting made with small amounts of milk are safe to leave out at room temperature for two to three days. Buttercream made with cream cheese, however, is not safe to leave out and should be refrigerated.


Nutrition Facts
How to make the best ButterCream Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 19g21%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.