Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easy Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Now. Back to those Cupcakes!

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To me, in the world of gluten free cupcakes, the icing is KING! Thick and fluffy homemade buttercream on top of a gluten free chocolate cupcake, they’re positively made for each other!

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Bestie and I LOVE the Bob’s Red Mill gluten free Chocolate Cake. When Bestie makes it, it is moist and chocolatey with pockets of spongey air: perfection. So when she asked what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday I quickly requested Bob’s. For the icing I asked for this Salted Caramel.

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Fortunately, the Salted Caramel didn’t work out. I say fortunately because this homemade buttercream was delicious! I still love the salted caramel the most, but this buttercream is nearly tied for first!

Easy Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened – not melted
  • 3 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, SIFTED  
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • up to 4 tablespoons milk

Sifting your powder sugar is very important! Without the sifting your frosting could be clumpy.


-Start by beating the butter in a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed until the butter has broken down and begins to look whipped.

-Stop the mixer and add in your sifted powdered sugar. Cover your mixer and bowl with a towel and turn your mixer on the lowest speed for 30 seconds to a minute. (This keeps the powdered sugar from poofing up in your face and all over your counter!)

-Increase the speed to medium and add the vanilla, salt, and 2 tbsp. of the milk. Beat for 3 minutes on medium.

You’re done! Need thicker icing? Add more powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time. Need a thinner icing? Add more milk a tablespoon at a time. You could also add in food coloring at this point if you wanted a more festive frosting!

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Enjoy with the cake of your choice!! RESIST shoving your face into the mixer bowl!


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Anonymous said...

Going to try it tomorrow for my sons birthday cake! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! :) Lisa

Unknown said...

Hi! I am making gluten free cupcakes for my cousin's birthday, and I've seen some recipes asking for gluten free vanilla extract. Is there a certain brand that you use? Thanks in advance!

Marlow said...

Jacqueline, I use Rodelle. I've found it at Target but you can buy it online. Brand wise, it doesn't really matter, just be sure whatever extract you use has gluten free printed on the bottle.