Today it’s time for my favorite buttercream frosting recipe! I thought its the perfect time to share with the holidays going on and it’s a recipe that you must store in your kitchen. I’ve perfected the recipe over the years and its my go to for any party. So while I make my frosting homemade, I totally cheat and use boxes for my cupcakes. Here’s the reasoning. 1. I usually don’t have time to make homemade cupcakes AND frosting, so I also choose the frosting to be delicious. 2. I actually like box cake batter better than any homemade cupcake I’ve ever had. (Maybe I haven’t had a perfect one before but I’ve had enough in my days to realize it’s a shortcut that can totally be taken) 3. No one will ever know (Except you all now that know my little secret, but I’ve got you all and am trying to help with anything I can for you!) 4. Don’t tell the secret 🙂
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Once you have your frosting all mixed and ready to go, grab a pastry bag. You can order one here. Its another handy item to have on hand. You can easily use a knife and spread the frosting on, but the pastry bag enhances your cupcakes and makes it look like it’s a cupcake from a bakery. Highly Recommended!
It can get messy tho.. be careful. I usually use a large cup and put the pastry bag in there and wrap the sides around the cup. Then I fill it with the frosting. It makes it a lot less messy. Pick up your bag and lightly shake to make the frosting go to the bottom of the bag. Once its all down, slowly twist the top letting out all air bubbles in the meantime. You don’t want any air in the bag or the air will pop out while you are frosting and ruin your little design. CRISIS!
Start from the outside of the cupcake and slowly go around the entire outside and as soon as you get back to your starting point, move into the next line keeping going until you have reached the center of the cupcake. See look, totally bakery worthy!
Once you have them all frosted its time for the decorations! I used simple Christmas color sprinkles for these ones, but you can add anything you like!
Voila! Cupcakes are done! Time to dig in!
Buttercream Frosting Recipe
4 cups of powdered sugar
1 stick of salted butter (softened)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
4 tbsp. of whole milk
Cream together butter and vanilla extract. Slowly add in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add milk and mix until desired consistency. If too thick, add more milk, if too thin, add more powdered sugar.
Place frosting into frosting bag and slowly swirl in circular motions starting on the outside and ending in the middle.
Decorate to your liking! Enjoy!!