How do you like your frosting? I like it sweet, light and fluffy and a little on the buttery side. Here I will show you my Light Buttercream Frosting recipe. Light Buttercream Frosting is almost like a whipped cream, but with butter. Yums! My secret? I use a combination of butter and vegetable shortening and I whip it A LOT. Light Buttercream Frosting can be used as a base for an array of flavor possibilities, with just a few changes. I will introduce you to many other flavors in the future, but let’s start at the basics.
To start, let’s talk mixers. I am biased towards my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, I absolutely love it. KitchenAid is not an affiliate, and we don’t make any money off recommending them. I honestly just want everyone to use one and know how great it is. Seriously though, you’ll want to use a stand mixer. A hand mixer is going to be tiring because you mix for almost 20 minutes.
For the first round, you’ll whip together the butter and shortening on high for 8 minutes- using a whisk attachment. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula when needed. Near the 8-minute mark, the butter mixture will become white and fluffy.
There is an art to adding the powder sugar. Spoon one ladle full at a time into the butter mixture and whip on low for 10-20 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Repeat for remaining sugar.
The butter-sugar mixture will be thick, so then you’ll whip in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. I will usually add the cream 1 TBS at a time and allow it to mix in for a few seconds before I add the next.
And last, you’ll increase the mixer speed to medium and whip for 6 minutes. You’ll end up with a tasty frosting that is so creamy and light. I love it. It’s amazing on my Rich Vanilla Cake.
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Light Buttercream Frosting
- 1 Cup Sweet Cream Salted Butter softened
- 1/2 Cup All-Vegetable Shortening (Original Flavor)
- 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 4 Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Using the whisk attachment on a standing mixer, whip the butter and shortening on high for 8 minutes, until white and fluffy.
- One ladle at a time, add powdered sugar while mixing on low. Mix for 10-20 seconds between each addition.
- Mix in cream and vanilla extract.
- Increase speed to medium and whip for 6 minutes.