Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting Recipe by Buddy Valastro can be made in a variety of flavors including vanilla, chocolate, cream cheese and Italian buttercream. Regardless of the flavor you make, these Cake Boss Buttercream recipes are bakery grade frosting that can be whipped up and used as professional cake frosting or as everyday frosting with bakery quality. It’s perfect for cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting. Photo by CookThink.
Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting. Photo by CookThink.

What Makes Bakery Style Buttercream Different?

If you’ve ever walked into a bakery and bought a cupcake, you’ll know that bakery style buttercream just has something DIFFERENT about it. I have made oodles of buttercream over the years. It’s the kind where you can’t eat just one cupcake. Instead, you go back for another.

Bakery buttercream is so soft, and it melts in your mouth. After it sits out, the edges get crisp, which just adds to the experience. It also holds the color well and can take on any flavor you add. And being that obsessed about just-right frosting makes one want to find a just-right recipe when you’re making it at home.

Frosting Coloring Instructions:

To color your frosting, I recommend using food coloring gel because it is less watery and easier to work with. Using a toothpick, dip it into the gel and transfer 1 drop to the frosting.  You can always add more as you mix. Mix with a rubber spatula or slowly in the stand mixer.

If you’re making a dark color such as brown or black, the frosting tends to become watery or almost separate. To resolve this, mix in extra powdered sugar until the texture is as desired.

Using Buttercream to Frost Baked Goods

Although buttercream is a complete recipe, it’s something that we don’t usually eat by itself. It is something that can be spread between layers of a cake and on the outside, creating a smooth or fluffy finish.

It can be piped to create borders around the top and bottom. Besides cakes and cupcakes, we’ve also been known to use buttercream on cookies, slathering on brownies, macrons and whoopie pies. And if you run out of baked goods, the leftovers go great on a cracker.

Shopping List for Easy Cake Boss Buttercream

Butter
Confectioner’s Sugar
Vanilla
Salt
Water

How to Make Easy Vanilla Cake Boss Buttercream

This recipe for Easy Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting is a go to recipe for professional buttercream frosting. It is basic enough that it easy to put together in a matter of a few minutes, tastes delicious and pipes well when styling frosting with tips etc. If you desire a creamier frosting, use milk instead of water.

Ingredients for Easy Cake Boss Buttercream

5 sticks unsalted butter, softened
5 cups powdered confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp fine sea salt
3 tbsp lukewarm water

Directions for Easy Cake Boss Buttercream

  1. Put the butter in a stand mixer bowl. Use the paddle attachment and mix on low speed until there are no lumps. With the paddle running, add the sugar 1 cup at a time, adding the next only after the previous one has been fully mixed.
  2. Add the vanilla and salt. Paddle on low to medium speed until completely smooth. Add water and continue to mix until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting. Photo by CookThink.
Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting. Photo by CookThink.

Shopping List for Cake Boss Italian Buttercream

Eggs
Sugar
Water
Butter
Vanilla
Confectioner’s Sugar

How to Make Cake Boss Italian Buttercream

Italian Buttercream is some of the best frosting there is. But you won’t want to rush it. The process includes creating an egg white whip, boiling sugar and water until it reaches a high temperature that allows it to harden like candy and then adding a whole bunch of butter. This frosting turns out light, fluffy and silky smooth.

Ingredients for Cake Boss Italian Buttercream

8 extra-large Egg Whites
2 cups Sugar
½ cup Water
3 cups Butter, at room temperature, cubed
1 tbsp Vanilla
1 cup Confectioner’s Sugar

Directions for Cake Boss Italian Buttercream

1. Place the 8 egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit it with the whisk attachment.

2. Add 1 ½ cups sugar and ½ cup water in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir regularly with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar. Continue to cook, without stirring and bring to the softball stage, 240F.

3. Next, whip the whites at high speed until soft peaks begin to form. Add the remaining ½ cup sugar very gradually, continuing to whip until medium peaks form.

4. Pour the 240F sugar mixture into the egg whites, carefully in a thin stream while the motor is running, to avoid cooking the eggs. Raise the speed to high and continue to whip until the mixture has cooled to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

5. Add the butter in increments while stopping the motor between additions. Add the vanilla and whip just until blended.

Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting. Photo by CookThink.
Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting. Photo by CookThink.

Shopping List for Cake Boss Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Cream Cheese
Butter
Vanilla
Powdered Sugar

How to Make Cake Boss Cream Cheese Buttercream Recipe

You can’t go wrong with this delicious, rich frosting by Buddy Valastro. It is perfect. For topping cakes such as carrot cake and red velvet cakes. This frosting is best when fresh because it tends to get quite stiff when stored in the refrigerator.

Ingredients for Cake Boss Cream Cheese Buttercream

2, 8oz packages of Cream Cheese
½ cup unsalted Butter, softened
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2 cups Powdered Sugar

Directions for Cake Boss Cream Cheese Buttercream

1. In a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter using the paddle attachment, until smooth and creamy, approximately 30 seconds.

2. Pour in vanilla. Add sugar a little at a time and mix until smooth. Use right away or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting. Photo by CookThink.
Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting. Photo by CookThink.

Cake Boss Chocolate Buttercream Recipe

Shopping List

Shortening
Butter
Powdered Sugar
Vanilla
Milk
Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
Semisweet Chocolate Chips
Heavy Cream
Sugar

How To Make Cake Boss Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Cake Boss Chocolate buttercream is a combination of two excellent recipes of chocolate buttercream and chocolate ganache. Combined they make a delicious recipe you’re sure to return to again and again.

Ingredients for Cake Boss Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1 cup Shortening
1 cup Butter
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1 tbsp Vanilla
½ cup Milk
1 recipe room temperature ganache
4 oz melted Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

Chocolate Ganache

12 oz Bittersweet or Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp granulated Sugar

Directions for Cake Boss Chocolate Buttercream

1. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter and shortening until well combined. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, mixing on low until well combined. Add milk and vanilla and unsweetened baking chocolate.

2. Reduce speed to low and pour in room temperature ganache. Mix until well combined.

Chocolate Ganache Instructions

1. Combine cream, butter and sugar in a saucepan and bring to just a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips.

2. Let sit until chocolate chips are mostly melted, about 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Let cool until room temperature.

How to Store Buttercream Frosting

If buttercream is stored, you can freshen it up before using it by giving it a good whipping in the stand mixer with the paddle attachment first.

Vanilla buttercream is best when used fresh but can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Italian buttercream is best when used fresh but can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Cream Cheese frosting is best when fresh as it tends to stiffen up in the refrigerator. Use right away or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Chocolate buttercream is best when used fresh but can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight contain for up to 1 week.

Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake Boss Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Servings: 7 cups

Equipment

  • stand mixer

Ingredients

  • 5 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 tbsp lukewarm water

Instructions

  • Put the butter in a stand mixer bowl. Use the paddle attachment and mix on low speed until there are no lumps. With the. paddle running, add the sugar 1 cup at a time, adding the next only after the previous one has been fully mixed.
  • Add the vanilla and salt. Paddle on low to medium speed until completely smooth. Add water and continue to mix until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.


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