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American Buttercream

Easy and delicious American Buttercream
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American Buttercream, Buttercream
Servings: 8 cups


  • 6 sticks (678 grams) butter softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 11 1/2 cups (1300 grams) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • heavy cream as needed


  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until very soft and creamy.
  • Add the salt, vanilla, and half of the powdered sugar and beat until fully combined.
  • Add the rest of the powdered sugar and beat for 5-6 minutes.
  • If the buttercream is too thick add heavy cream, a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • You can add food coloring or other flavorings at this point if you would like.