The Best Buttercream Icing

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That title is legit!  No joke. If you’ve been looking for the bestest tasting and easiest buttercream recipe to top ALL of your cakes and cupcakes, here it is.  It’s so good you could pipe it straight from the bag to your mouth – I don’t recommend that; although I have had to keep the hubby from doing just that 🙂

Here are the super simple ingredients that create such goodness:

2lb bag of powdered sugar

2 sticks of room temperature butter – make sure to use unsalted

1 block of cream cheese – feel free to use the 1/3 less fat. It doesn’t change the taste 🙂

2T milk

1T vanilla – here is my homemade version

I use my Kitchenaid stand mixer to mix all of my ingredients but a hand mixer will do – it’ll give you your arm workout for the day.

Personally I dump everything in at once and start the mixer on the lowest setting – unless of course you want to be cleaning up powdered sugar from 2 feet around you.  Once it is all combined, turn that baby up and walk away. Let it mix to it’s hearts content for about 2-3 minutes. The key to a great buttercream frosting is mixing, mixing, mixing!  If you think you haven’t mixed it enough, mix it some more. At this point you can check for your desired consistency.  If you prefer a thinner style icing then you can add more milk in 1T increments.  That’s it!!  Now you’re ready to make magic by beautifying some cakes with all of this deliciousness!  And…with this recipe you don’t even need to have an artistic bone in your body!  If you put this icing on a cake no one is going to care about how pretty it is because they’re just going to want to devour it!

Try it for yourself and see!  You won’t be disappointed…I promise!

Tips: if your butter isn’t room temperature, cut it into small slices before mixing. The small slices will allow it to come to room temperature fast while it’s mixing!  Bet you didn’t know that did ya ;).

I also add vanilla to all of my icings UNLESS I want a different flavor. You can sub in any extract flavor to achieve your desired taste. 

If you’ve tried this out or want to save it for use in the future, make sure you pin the image above. And share it with all your friends!

Happy Baking!!

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