American Buttercream

This makes a fantastic buttercream to pipe with or frost a cake!
Author Natalie Dixon- A Turtle's Life for Me


  • 1 cup of butter softened
  • 1 cup of shortening
  • 1 2 lb bag of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp. milk or heavy cream


  1. In a stand mixer, beat butter and shortening until well combined and no lumps remain. I often will beat it for close to 10 minutes.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Start on the lowest speed and work your way up to medium speed.
  3. Gradually add the vanilla extract and milk. Do not go up to the highest speed or you will get air bubbles in your frosting. Mix until well blended.
  4. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Rewhip in stand mixer before using.