Cooking With Kayla: Buttercream Cupcake Frosting!

This week for Cooking With Kayla, we did something extra special in honor of Kayla’s upcoming birthday! Since students at her school typically bring in a snack to share with the class on their birthday (which I think is a universal custom) ;) I made a mini version of our Best Ever Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes, then had Kayla help me whip up the frosting and decorate her cupcakes.

The recipe we used is the one I grew up with in our household. I don’t think we ever had store bought frosting. I maybe tasted it once at a friend’s house and thought it was bitter, probably because I’m so used to the good stuff! And it just so happens that it is naturally gluten-free anyway, and without that terrible “chemical taste”.

Mix the following together in a mixer on medium until smooth and fluffy:

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk (any kind)

After mixing, we put the frosting into one of my favorite kitchen tools, my Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator. I think it might be a discontinued item at this point actually, but mine is still alive and kicking and I never frost cupcakes without it! Even though it is chipped in several places and falling apart.

It took Kayla a little while to get used to using it, but caught on pretty quickly and did a great job frosting her cupcakes!

And of course, after the cupcakes were all done, the girls enjoyed “licking the beaters” as I remember fondly calling it. Kayla of course wanted to lick BOTH beaters herself, plus the spatula, but we limited it to one. :)

Hope you enjoy this delicious Buttercream Frosting next time you make cupcakes. Or cake. Or really anything that requires frosting on top! This recipe makes enough frosting for a 9×13 cake or 24 cupcakes.

As with all recipes, make sure your ingredients are gluten-free and meet your family’s dietary needs!

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  1. i need to make homemade icing more often! thanks for the reminder. :) looks delish!

  2. Thanks for sharing the great recipe. I added a touch of cocoa to mine and it tasted great with my chocolate cake. I had forgotten just how tasty buttercream icing is! :P

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