Buttercream and Variations


  • Makes2 to 2 servings

Buttercream frosting is classic. Flavour it with vanilla or chocolate, give it a dash of lemon or invent your own creation. It's your frosting now, baby.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 4 cups icing sugar

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 6 to 8 tbsp 35% cream, (or milk, but we like cream better)


  • In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter just to soften. Add the icing sugar and the vanilla, beating until creamy. Add the whipping cream, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, beating constantly, until the frosting is as fluffy and creamy as you like.

  • Chocolate buttercream: Beat in 4 squares (1 oz./28 g each) unsweetened chocolate, melted, just before you add the whipping cream.

  • Orange or lemon buttercream: Substitute orange or lemon extract for the vanilla in the basic recipe. Substitute undiluted concentrated orange juice or lemonade for the whipping cream.

This article was originally published on May 01, 2005

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