Buttercream Frosting You Can Make Without Icing Sugar

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Love the rich, creamy taste of buttercream frosting but don’t have icing sugar on hand? Don’t worry, this recipe uses readily available ingredients to create a delightful frosting that complements your cakes and cupcakes perfectly.


Whipped Buttercream Frosting
Whipped Buttercream Frosting

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup milk (whole milk or low-fat milk work well)
  • Pinch of salt

  • Directions:

    1. Cream the Butter and Sugars: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. This will take about 3-4 minutes.

    2. Beat in the Egg: Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the egg and beat on medium speed until fully incorporated.

    3. Add Flavorings: Stir in the vanilla extract and salt.

    4. Gradually Incorporate Milk: With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until fully combined. The frosting should be smooth and spreadable. If the frosting seems too thick, add another tablespoon of milk. If it’s too thin, beat for another minute to allow it to thicken slightly.

    5. Frost Away! Use your delicious buttercream frosting immediately to frost your favorite cakes and cupcakes.

    Tip: Leftover frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Bring it to room temperature before using it again.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, about 2 tablespoons):

    Calories: 190

  • Fat: 12g (saturated 7g)
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 45mg
  • Carbohydrates: 21g (sugar 18g)
  • Protein: 1g

  • Remember: This is just an estimate, and the actual nutritional content can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    This easy-to-follow recipe proves you don’t need fancy ingredients to create a showstopping frosting. With pantry staples and a little bit of mixing, you can whip up a delicious buttercream that rivals any bakery creation. So next time you’re craving a sweet treat, ditch the store-bought frosting and try this homemade alternative!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of sugar?

    Yes, you can substitute the granulated sugar with an equal amount of powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar) for a slightly sweeter frosting. However, keep in mind that powdered sugar often contains cornstarch, which can affect the texture of the frosting, making it slightly denser.

    2. Can I make this frosting vegan?

    Absolutely! Substitute the butter with vegan butter sticks and use a flaxseed egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 10 minutes) instead of the regular egg. Opt for plant-based milk like almond milk or oat milk in place of dairy milk.

    3. How can I make my frosting chocolatey?

    For a chocolatey twist, add ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. You can also add a tablespoon of melted chocolate chips for an extra chocolatey punch.

    4. My frosting is too runny! What can I do?

    If your frosting seems too runny, there are a few solutions. First, try chilling it in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. This will help it firm up slightly. You can also try adding a tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

    5. Can I use this frosting to pipe decorations?