American Buttercream

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American Buttercream is a basic buttercream that is made of butter and powdered sugar. This is the most easiest way to make a frosting at home with simple ingredients. I have to be honest, this is my least favorite frosting as it is very sweet for my taste. However, this buttercream is very stable and used in many desserts. I love to use this cream to make flowers. More detailes how to make buttercream flowers you can check in Hydrangea flowers post.

bowl with American Buttercream.

How to make this recipe

In the mixing bowl of stand mixer using pedal attachment, beat the butter on medium high speed for a few minutes or until smooth. Scape the sides and bottom of the bowl with the spatula half way through. Add sifted powdered sugar and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated. I like to sift powdered sugar before using in my dessert to avoid any clumps.

Tips from Marina: place a kitchen towel over your stand mixer as you add powdered sugar to prevent it from splattering out.

Then add vanilla extract or paste and pinch of salt. Increase speed to medium-high and continue beating until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.

American Buttercream I nth mixing bowl.

If the buttercream is too dry add some heavy cream or milk and whip again. If the buttercream is too soft, add more powdered sugar. Transfer buttercream into piping or keep covered at all times because it can start to dry and form a crust very fast.

Expert Tips

  • add a large pinch of salt to balance the sweetness of the buttercream.
  • use good quality butter. Salted or unsalted butter is your personal preference.
  • butter should be at room temperature, then buttercream will be light and fluffy.
  • heavy cream or milk can be substituted with hot boiled water in this recipe.
American Buttercream in the mixing bowl.

How to store

Store American Buttercream in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze this buttercream in an air-tight container for up to 3 months. Thaw the frozen buttercream in the fridge overnight, bring to room temperature, and whip it again until fluffy.

Can I flavor American Buttercream

Yes, add about 1-2 tablespoons of additional ingredients such as fruit puree, juice, peanut butter, etc. Strawberry Buttercream, for example, is perfect for cupcakes for macarons. Brown Butter Buttercream is very delicious to eat with a spoon. Check Camila’s blog with many buttercream recipes for macarons.

American Buttercream.

Can I color American Buttercream

Absolutely. Add gel food coloring or oil-based. This cream is perfect for pipe flowers. Wilton has many amazing food coloring for that.

If you make this American Buttercream, please tag me on social media and make sure to leave a rating down below. I would love to see your creations!

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American Buttercream

American Buttercream

Marina
American Buttercream is a basic buttercream that is made of butter and powdered sugar. This cream is very stable and is used in many desserts.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 batch
Calories 2607 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 stand mixer or electric hand mixer
  • 1 Fine mesh sieve
  • 1 spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter 226 gr
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 400 gr sifted
  • 2 tsp heavy cream or milk if needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer using a pedal attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed for a few minutes or until smooth.
  • Scape the sides and bottom of the bowl with the spatula half way through.
  • Add sifted powdered sugar and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated.
  • Then add vanilla extract or paste and a pinch of salt.
  • Increase speed to medium-high and continue beating until the frosting is smooth and fluffy. 
  • You can add food coloring if you like.
  • If the buttercream is too dry add some heavy cream or milk and whip again. If the buttercream is too soft, add more powdered sugar.
  • Transfer buttercream into piping or keep covered at all times because it can start to dry and form a crust very fast. 

Notes

Sift powdered sugar before adding to the butter. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1batchCalories: 2607kcalCarbohydrates: 240gProtein: 2gFat: 188gSaturated Fat: 119gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 49gTrans Fat: 7gCholesterol: 499mgSodium: 33mgPotassium: 75mgSugar: 236gVitamin A: 5820IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 0.2mg
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