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5 Ingredient Buttercream Frosting

Heidi Davison
5 Ingredient Buttercream Frosting is the easiest and most delicious frosting for decorating cupcakes or frosting cakes.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups of shortening
  • 1 stick 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 32 oz bag of powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Cream the butter and shortening in a standing mixer.
  • Add in the vanilla and mix again.
  • On low-medium speed, gradually pour in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  • Stop periodically to scrape the sides of the bowl so all the ingredients are incorporated.
  • As the frosting gets dry, add in the heavy cream.
  • Continue mixing until the frosting is fluffy and smooth.
  • Optional: add a couple drops of food coloring and blend again.


Recipe adapted from Crystal and Comp