Monday, October 18, 2021

Luscious Buttercream Frosting

I'm having some leftover cupcakes from my granddaughter, Hayden's, 4th Birthday party.


My brown calico teapot is another favorite of mine for the Fall.

  Hayden requested Nana to make the cupcakes for her party.  How could I resist??  I used a white cake mix, but substituted melted butter for the oil in the ingredients.

Our Marine Hero came home for a visit!!!!!  That's my daughter, Molly, hugging her boy!  We greeted Connor at the airport with our homemade posters.  We are so grateful that he is alive, and for all of your prayers and well wishes for him.  He gets to stay home for quite awhile before heading back to Camp Pendleton.

Hayden's birthday party had a Wild Thing theme, with animals that came to their backyard.  There was a little kangaroo, sloth, bunny, spider monkey, armadillo, and an otter.  The kids were able to touch, hold, and feed some of them, and learned a little bit about them.  

Here are more pictures that my daughter-in-law sent from the party.  

Yield: Frosts around 30 cupcakes
Author: Kitty, but adapted from Sally's Baking Addition
Luscious Buttercream Frostig

Luscious Buttercream Frosting

This is a wonderfully creamy frosting that holds it's shape well. It's a LOT of butter, but it really is quite fabulous!


  • 3 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds of powdered sugar (24 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla (use clear vanilla if you want a perfectly white frosting)
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Beat the three sticks of butter in an electric mixer for around 6 minutes.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, add the pinch of salt,  and the powdered sugar, adding the powdered sugar a little at a time, until it's all  incorporated. I did about 2 cups at a time.
  3. Add the vanilla and the milk and beat the frosting for an additional 6 minutes.
  4. Add any food coloring that you want. 
  5. Pipe or spread the icing on. 


This frosting holds it's shape very well. I used a pastry bag and piped on the frosting with a star tip. The original recipe said that it frosts 24 cupcakes, but I had frosting leftover, and could easily frost another 6 or more.

If the frosting is too thick, add about 1 tablespoon more milk.

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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  1. Kitty, those cupcakes look delicious. Fabulous icing! Love all the signs to welcome Connor back home. What a relief you have him for a little while. Happy Birthday to Hayden.

  2. Cute pics, I love the lion dip! Glad to see Connor home Kitty, enjoy:@)

  3. What a wonderful post! I love all your welcome home photos and that party theme is just adorable! I bet she loved her delicious cupcakes.

  4. Hayden's birthday cupcakes look so pretty and I'm sure they are delicious. Such a pretty fun fall setting with your brown teapot and cup and saucer, love the calico pattern. I am thrilled for you and your family that Connor is back home and I'm sure he was thrilled with his family welcoming party. All such delightful photos........

  5. So good to Have Connor home if only for a time. Praise the Lord. Love all the family pictures. I am sure you will treasure each one in your heart. Those cupcakes! Girl, so adorable. What a fun party. I love making butter cream icing for my cakes too. Happy week to you dear Kitty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. First, HOORAY!!!! Glad Connor is back home safe and sound!!! It’s never really real until it’s real! I know the whole family is happy and relieved and grateful to God for his safe return! And I’ll bet the hugs were plentiful all around!

    Second…”a lot of butter”?!?!!?!? What you talkin’’bout, Willis?!!!!??!? There’s NO SUCH THING AS too much butter!!!!🧈🧈🧈🧈🧈🧈🧈🧈

  7. Yay for Connor coming home safe and sound and for a long visit too! Love everyone's sign I know you all were so glad to see him. Hayden's birthday party photos are adorable and your cupcake look delicious! It's all about the frosting for me, what a treat! ♥

  8. Happy 4th Birthday to Hayden! What a fun party.

    I'm so happy to see that Connor made it home safely. The family college at the airport made me a little teary-eyed. I hope his well-deserved break and visit with the family will refresh Connor's spirit and well-being.

  9. I almost cried seeing the pictures of the family holding up the signs to welcome home your Connor! So happy for you all that he is safe, sound, and able to spend a long visit too. SO sweet!! And then the birthday party...adorable! I am taken with that dip with a lion inspired is that?! Lots of fun things...thank you for sharing them with all of us. xo Lidy

  10. This was such a happy post today Kitty. It's wonderful that your grandson is home for a visit. Happy 4th birthday to your granddaughter Hayden. The cupcakes look so nice and thanks for the frosting recipe. I hope you have a nice week Kitty.

  11. What beautiful family photos. Connor's arrival must have filled you all with immense joy. And then the birthday party for Hayden! Delicious looking cupcakes! Sweetness all around.

  12. Wonderful reception at the airport! So glad Connor gets to stay home for a while.

    Beautiful family photos...

  13. Oh Kitty, I teared up reading about Connor's homecoming! The posters are so cute, I know you all are over the moon that he's home! Happy Birthday to Hayden, you can't beat vanilla cupcakes with homemade buttercream!

  14. SO happy to see Connor reunited with the family. The idea of him being home for a while is good, and much needed for all but especially him, I'm sure. Happy Birthday to sweet Hayden.

  15. I'm thrilled to see the photos from Connor's homecoming. Love the signs, too! The buttercream icing looks so luscious, truly. Thanks for the recipe. Your cupcakes are a work of art!

  16. Looks like a beautiful reunion with Conner.
    Those cupcakes look delicious from Hayden's birthday.
    I guess you still swim to keep so slim and trim. If I baked as much as you did I would be in big trouble.

  17. Precious pictures! Such happiness! Happy Belated Birthday to Hayden and blessings to Connor and you all. Gorgeous brown Calico teacup.Those cupcakes look delicious. Hugs,sweet Kitty.

  18. So happy to see Connor is home for a while. Those cupcakes look delicious, and boy do I love a good buttercream frosting! Happy Birthday to Hayden.

  19. Nothing beats homemade butter cream!! Looks like a very fun birthday and time together

  20. Oh, sweet friend! I was brought to tears by the photos of the precious reunion with Connor! I am so very grateful to God that he is safe and alive, and I know it is all due to his dear grandmother's prayers and all the other prayers. He is so blessed to have you in his life and the strong bulwark of faith you have built around him. My heart breaks for all the mothers and grandmothers and loved ones who did not get to have that reunion with their soldiers. Oh, dear Lord, help and heal all the broken hearts! I hope you get to be with Connor every second possible and enjoy the moments you have together. May God continually keep His protecting hand over him and always bring him safe to you, in Jesus' name.

  21. How wonderful to see photos of that reunion with Conner! What a thrill it must be for the family to have him home for a while. I hope his mental health is good too. This buttercream frosting sounds so delicious! I haven't had the need to make cupcakes for a while but will definitely keep your recipe for next time :) Happy belated birthday to that little cutie!

  22. Yea, Connor came home for a visit. What a welcoming sight. The signs are all great and I am sure Connor loving the greeting. The birthday party is so cute with the animal theme. Love buttercream frosting Kitty. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.

  23. Kitty, How wonderful to have Connor home for a visit!!! Gratitude!!!!
    Your buttercream frosting is making me hungry. I want a cupcake! I enjoyed your party photos, Cute theme!
    Love the Brown Calico. I only have one piece, a cow creamer. Would love to find some plates. I did find a demi tasse cup and saucer in Blue Calico this afternoon at a local thrift. It came home with me. I think it will be in a place setting with candy corn. 😂😂😂


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