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How to Make Homemade Buttercream Icing

See how easy it is to make this homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. It tastes amazing and is perfect to ice your favorite cake, brownies or cookies.
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Make Homemade Buttercream Icing
Servings: 24
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Eating on a Dime


  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter or margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (about 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • In a large bowl cream butter and vegetable shortening until smooth.
  • Beat in powdered sugar (one cup at a time) on low speed until well combined.
  • Stir in vanilla, and milk- whip until thoroughly mixed and fluffy on a medium-high setting.

For Decorating:

  • To pipe - icing on using a decorator bag, thicken it by using more powdered sugar.
  • For spreading and covering the cake - add in a bit more milk to make it thinner and easier to spread.


Recipe makes 2 1/2 cups of frosting.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 3mg