Although we could wax poetic about the many techniques of making buttercream, let's keep things simple, tasty and most importantly, foolproof. Is that a freshly baked cake we smell?

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Cupcake Project

Very Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

It isn’t cloyingly sweet, and rather than tasting like butter or sugar, it has a lovely vanilla flavor.

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The Creative Bite

The Perfect Piping Buttercream

Whether you’re decorating cookies or the sides of a cake, it’s important to work with frosting that’ll hold its shape. Here, exactly the recipe you need—plus tips on how to color it (hint: only use gel food coloring).

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Sally's Baking Addiction

Favorite Chocolate Buttercream

We’re tempted to call this recipe “basic,” although it’s anything but. It has all the rich and chocolaty flavor of a brownie, in silky frosting form.

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Spend with Pennies

Fresh Lemon Buttercream Frosting

This speedy recipe is light, fluffy and oh-so citrusy, thanks to the zest of two whole lemons. A smidgen of cream cheese adds extra lusciousness.

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Minimalist Baker

Cashew Buttercream Frosting

Vegan and naturally sweetened, this thick and creamy recipe has truly got it going on. Raw soaked cashews, coconut milk and sea salt are just a few of the simple, pretty good-for-you ingredients.

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A Pretty Life In the Suburbs

Marshmallow Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Start with a classic vanilla buttercream recipe—then mix in an entire tub of marshmallow Fluff. Just like that, you’ve got frosting so delicious, you could eat it by the spoonful.

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Lexis Clean Kitchen

Naturally Colored Buttercream Frosting

Five DIY food dyes create vibrant frosting colors: spirulina, turmeric, freeze-dried strawberries, matcha and freeze-dried blueberries. Finally, frosting you can feel great about.

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All Day I Dream About Food

Low-Carb Chocolate Buttercream

Hold up. Keto chocolate buttercream exists!? It’s made with unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, butter, coconut oil and a low-carb fruit-based sweetener.

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The Butter Half

Pink Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Bookmark this recipe for fall. It’ll come in handy when you need to whip up a festive dessert and don’t feel like making a batch of cookies.

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Sugar Free Mom

Sugar Free Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Psst: This recipe calls for just three ingredients and is tasty on cookies, brownies and cupcakes galore.

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Minimalist Baker

Dairy-Free Buttercream Frosting

Simply replace real butter with vegan butter and whipping cream with non-dairy milk. 

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