Basic Quick Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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Basic Quick Buttercream Frosting
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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 lb (4 to 4 1/2 cups) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk (optional)
  • 5 to 6 tbsp heavy cream or milk , as needed
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. In an electric mixer, cream the butter until soft, then beat in the egg yolk, if using, along with the salt and vanilla. Add about 1/4 cup of the sugar and mix on low speed until smooth. Alternately add cream and remaining sugar, blending until smooth between each addition. Scrape down sides of the bowl after each addition. Add a bit more cream if the frosting is too stiff to spread.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 4940.88 Kcal (20686 kJ)
Calories from fat 756.59 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 84.07g 129%
Cholesterol 430.78mg 144%
Sodium 219.34mg 9%
Potassium 177.59mg 4%
Total Carbs 1068.45g 356%
Sugars 1043.95g 4176%
Protein 8.87g 18%
Vitamin C 0.9mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 19%
Iron 1mg 6%
Calcium 100.6mg 10%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 390.38 Kcal (1634 kJ)
Calories from fat 59.78 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.64g 129%
Cholesterol 34.04mg 144%
Sodium 17.33mg 9%
Potassium 14.03mg 4%
Total Carbs 84.42g 356%
Sugars 82.48g 4176%
Protein 0.7g 18%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 2%
Iron 0.1mg 6%
Calcium 7.9mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 105.8
  • 138

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • very low sodium

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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