Erin McDowell’s Guide to All Things Buttercream

Let’s talk about frosting—and in particular, the most commonly used word relating to frosting: buttercream.
Buttercream is a delicious combination of flavorful butter mixed with plenty of sugar (and, depending on the recipe, some other ingredients) to…

Let’s talk about frosting—and in particular, the most commonly used word relating to frosting: buttercream.

Buttercream is a delicious combination of flavorful butter mixed with plenty of sugar (and, depending on the recipe, some other ingredients) to produce a light, airy, and delightfully smooth finishing touch for cakes and cupcakes. But not all buttercreams are created equal—different recipes use different ingredients and methods and can therefore yield some pretty different results. Below, you’ll find a description of and a recipe for six common buttercreams, along with my suggestions for when to use them.

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