Today is my eldest son’s birthday, and realizing that I was the only one available to make a cake today, I decided to make some homemade frosting. I looked up several recipes before settling on a buttercream frosting recipe by Savory Sweet Life, which I modified slightly. My eldest had asked for apple flavoring, so I worked that into the recipe as well.
Apple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups of confectioners sugar, sifted
- 1/4 tsp table salt
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp apple flavoring oil
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- food coloring (optional)
Beat the softened unsalted butter with your mixer on medium for about 1-2 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and slowly begin adding in your sifted confectioners sugar. Once it is mixed into the butter turn your mixer back up to medium-high and beat it for another 1-2 minutes, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
If you are adding in food coloring this would be a good time. I added four drops of cyan from the Wilton neon gel coloring pack with the mixer set to low. Turn your mixer up to medium-high and mix, scrape, mix, repeat until well-blended.
Turn the mixer down to low while you add the heavy cream. Turn it slowly back up to medium high. Beat for 2-3 minutes. The texture should be thick and creamy.. my husband likened it to the texture of soft-serve ice cream.
The apple and vanilla flavorings are not overpowering and play well together. Ten thumbs up from the whole family!