Fluffy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Fluffy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Here’s a buttercream frosting recipe that uses real cream for a truly decadent taste and velvety, fluffy texture. This recipe is lighter than traditional vanilla buttercream frosting, denser than whipped cream and is ideal for spreading on all sorts of treats, from a fancy layer cake to a simple birthday cake. Its medium-consistency makes decorating using a piping bag and tip, possible too.
  • Prep20 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Skill LevelBeginner
    Amount7 1/2 Cups


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  1. Beat shortening with an electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and continue beating until well blended. Frosting may appear dry.
  2. Add vanilla extract, salt and heavy whipping cream, and then beat on low speed until fully mixed. Once combined, beat on high speed until mixture is light and fluffy. Depending on the humidity and climate, it may be necessary to adjust the liquid and the sugar in your frosting. If frosting looks dry, add small amounts of liquid (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon at a time). If frosting is too soft, add 1 tablespoon of sugar at a time. The key for making adjustments is adding small amounts until you achieve the right consistency.
  3. Frosting can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days after it’s made but may need to be rewhipped before using again.


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