The best, easiest buttercream frosting

Have you found your perfect buttercream frosting recipe?  I’ve tried a bunch and finally found the one.

Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I’ve tried many buttercream frosting options and had a hard time finding one that was just right.  I wanted one that was fast and easy – and yummy, of course.

The various recipes I tried with powdered sugar always turned out overly sweet.  But I was determined not to use canned frosting due to the trans fat content.  So I kept trying different recipe variations hoping to find the perfect one.

While perusing recipes online, I saw Martha Stewart’s velvet cocoa cake with instant buttercream.  The instant buttercream part caught my eye.  That sounded promising.  When I checked the ingredients for the frosting, there was no powered sugar.  Instead it used marshmallow cream.  What a brilliant idea!

I still haven’t tried the cake recipe, and I typically use a slightly adapted version of the Martha Stewart buttercream recipe.  Hers is chocolate, but I prefer using this recipe in vanilla.  It’s super simple!

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 jar (7.5 ounces) marshmallow cream

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Beat butter, marshmallow cream, and vanilla until fluffy.  Refrigerate about five minutes to thicken, if needed.

That’s it!  So easy.  This frosts a cake or 24 cupcakes, but if you like to use a lot of frosting, you may want to double it.

I love, love, love this instant buttercream.  My husband calls it the best frosting ever.  I hope you enjoy it, too!

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