Buttercream and Variations

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2 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.