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American Buttercream

Also known as "country buttercream", & "decorator's buttercream", American Buttercream is a cheaper & easier alternative to real buttercream.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 Cups
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Marie Porter



  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 2 lbs Confectioners / Icing / Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract or other flavor
  • ¼ cup Milk


  • Whip butter until smooth. Add Vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Slowly add a few cups of powdered sugar a bit at a time, until incorporated completely.
    Beat on high for 1 minute - mixture will be very, very thick and probably crumbly
  • Lower mixer speed to lowest setting, and slowly add ½ of the milk. Beat until smooth.
  • Add remaining powdered sugar and remaining milk - alternating - and continue to beat until smooth.
  • Once incorporated, check for consistency. Add more milk or sugar to achieve the consistency you want or need.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 321IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg