American Buttercream

American Buttercream: Recipe adapted from Craftsy class Icing on the Cake: The Ultimate Frosting Toolkit
Course Dessert


  • 2 sticks of butter softened at room temperature
  • 2 1/3 cups of confectioner's sugar sifted
  • 4 tbsp whole milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 -4 drops of food coloring gel optional


  1. In a stand mixer, mix the butter until smooth.
  2. Add the confectioner's sugar slowly to incorporate.
  3. Slowly add milk and vanilla while mixing.
  4. Mix all ingredients in stand mixer for 3 - 4 minutes, until buttercream is light, airy and smooth. (Note: The Craftsy video mentioned above was really helpful in understanding how to know when the buttercream was done, but it's certainly not necessary.)
  5. Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in 3 -4 drops of food coloring gel (optional).