White Buttercream Icing

A classic White Buttercream Icing recipe (tinted pink!):


Yield: Enough to ice 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 min

White Buttercream Icing


One 16-ounce package powdered sugar
6 tablespoons butter (3/4 stick), softened
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt


In a medium bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat all ingredients until the icing is smooth and of easy spreading consistency. Add a few drops of red food coloring, 3 for light pink, 6 or more for dark pink. Use to spread on cakes or cupcakes (if you use a piping bag, you may not have enough to ice 24 cupcakes).

SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com

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6 Responses to “White Buttercream Icing”

  1. postedJan 4, 2011 4:59 AM

    Have you ever used shortening for buttercream? If so what do you think, too greasing?

    • postedJan 4, 2011 7:00 AM

      @melanie, I haven’t tried it myself, only because I know I’ve tried it before with shortening and find that it’s not so good.

  2. postedAug 28, 2012 10:07 AM

    Hi Lori,

    Do you find this recipe to be a good one for decorating a cake?

    • postedAug 28, 2012 11:46 AM

      Yes- definitely! I use it for cakes all the time.

  3. postedMar 1, 2013 8:20 PM

    Hi Lori,
    Is the butter salted in this recipe since salt is added at the end?

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