You know the scene – you’re at a party, and it’s time for the cake to be served. The cake sure looks beautiful, but the frosting … well, you never can tell with frosting. On the cake it all kind of looks the same. The flavor is a mystery. Will it send you running for your toothbrush with its sweetness? Or even worse, will it taste like a dollop of butter?
Both can ruin a good cake and cause people to doubt the skills of the cake baker. Unless you never want to be asked to make a cake again (sometimes tempting… ), you need to work on your frosting skills.
Megan’s Perfect Buttercream
makes enough to fill and frost a 9-inch two-layer cake
2 sticks (8 ounces total) butter, softened
6 cups sifted powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk (I use whole)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Dump everything into a large bowl (preferably stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment). Beat slowly at first until everything starts to come together. If you go too fast you will get powdered sugar all over your counter. Don’t do that. Once there is no longer any loose powder, lock the mixer and turn that baby up to 10. Let whip for approximately 5 minutes, until frosting is light and fluffy. Spread on cake as desired.
* Tip – the trick to getting smooth frosted cakes is to frequently scrap off excess frosting and dip your spreader into a cup of warm water, then continue spreading. It will look a bit wet as you go along, but the frosting will harden up beautifully.