Fluffy Frosting
Fluffy Frosting Erin McDowell

Want to know the secret to a fabulous layer cake (or any cake for that matter)? Decadent frosting. Sure, you want the cake to be moist. But it’s the frosting that can take your dessert to the next level. We upgrade a standard buttercream by adding some heavy cream for richness, and then we whip the ingredients so the result is light and airy. When it comes to decorating, we’ve got you covered too: Check out our simple technique that will have you frosting like a pro.

  • Makes about 5 cups
  • Start to Finish: 15 minutes

Ingredients

3 sticks unsalted butter, softened

6 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

⅓ cup heavy cream, at room temperature

¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter with the confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Add the heavy cream and whip until well incorporated, about 2 minutes more. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.

3. The frosting is now ready to use. It can be made ahead and refrigerated, covered, for up to four days. Bring the frosting to room temperature before using.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • We’ll show you how to frost a layer cake with ease in this short video.

  • Want to tint your frosting pink like in our photo above? After you add the vanilla, mix in two or three drops of red food coloring.