A simple buttercream recipe that has such a comforting cinnamon flavor! Find out how to make the buttercream of your dreams with these few tips and tricks.
Buttercream is a recipe that doesn’t have to be hard or super involved, but is also slightly difficult to get completely perfect. If you don’t know your way around the art of buttercream, it can be slightly frustrating!
While this easy cinnamon buttercream is just one variation of a buttercream recipe, I want to use this opportunity to give a few tips and tricks to helping you make your frosting as amazing as possible.
Sometimes, you want to make your buttercream less sweet and have a little more flavor than just sugar. Sometimes, you need it to be a little bit more sweet!
Usually, frostings that are sickeningly sweet use a lot of shortening instead of butter. This means that without the rich butter flavor, a lot of times the frosting will taste very sweet. If you want your frosting to have a deeper flavor, do half butter and half shortening. Or, do all butter!
If your frosting seems to intense and buttery, try substituting half of your butter for shortening. It all depends on preference, so play around with what flavor you might like!
Whipped cream is for the people who love a light, airy topping for their cake or dessert. It’s just a little sweet, and adds to the flavor of the cake instead of being its own strong flavor.
Buttercream, on the other hand, is a more intensely sweet flavor. It’s a combination of butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla, and with the right consistency it’s perfect for cake decorating. It’s easier to spread and smooth into a thinner coating on your cake.
Depending on your preference, both of these frostings are amazing for different types of cakes!
This is the part of making buttercream that is always slightly confusing – how do I get the consistency I want? Lucky for you, the process is actually SO simple!
To Thicken: Use a little bit more powdered sugar until you’ve reached your desired thickness. If it’s not getting to where you want it and it’s getting really sweet, chances are you didn’t have enough butter in your frosting to begin with. To start out, we use 1 cup of butter and 4 cups of powdered sugar.
To Thin Out: If your frosting is too thick, add heavy cream or milk by the tablespoon, whipping in between to get desired consistency. It’s easier to thin out your frosting than to have to thicken it back up, so make sure you’re careful to only use as much as you need and whip your frosting a lot!
To make your buttercream recipe REALLY stand out, here are the best ingredients to use!
Here’s a more involved step-by-step on how to make your buttercream the absolute best it can be: