I’m not exactly sure how it has come to be, but it seems that I have become known amongst my friends and their children for my airy and light vanilla frosting. Of course, this isn’t light as in low calorie. It’s light because of its texture. In fact, some of those kids just call it “Mrs. Kauffman’s frosting.” Cute kids, huh? It turns out that they also all loved this homemade almond buttercream frosting too after a big birthday party when we had it.
There is nothing out of the ordinary about the frosting, except that I take a lot of extra time whipping it to give it that light, air-filled quality. That seems to have made all the difference though.
When it came time for Molly’s birthday this past year, we had a big blow out party, inviting not just her friends but their families as well. When you’re a Catholic homeschooler, that can mean that you will be surprised when everyone RSVPs in the affirmative and you end up with over 60 people in your home.
So, to mix it up, I made not only a couple dozen chocolate cupcakes with my normal homemade vanilla frosting (dyed pink and adorned with pink coarse sugar), but I also whipped up a couple dozen vanilla cupcakes with a homemade almond butter cream frosting, which was dyed purple and lightly touched with colored sprinkles.
Easy Homemade Almond Buttercream Frosting Recipe
I have a duplicate recipe listed below that is formatted in a way that makes it easy to print out. So, if you want to easily print just the recipe, scroll down and click on the “print” button at the top of that recipe.
Homemade Almond Buttercream Frosting Recipe Ingredients
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar), this can be sifted to remove any lumps (I usually don’t, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t)
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 – 3 tablespoons milk – you may need more, depending on your desired consistency (but not too much more)
Homemade Almond Buttercream Frosting Recipe Directions
Note: I recommend using a stand mixer, if you have one, if you would like to achieve the super light frosting feel. (This is my stand mixer. She’s nine years old and beautifully shiny red. I love her.) If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can still make super light and airy frosting, it’s just going to involve you standing there with your hand mixer for some time. (So, you might like a padded mat like I have in my kitchen.)
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it’s a smooth consistency.
2. Add in the powdered sugar, salt, and both the vanilla and almond extracts. Mix well.
3. Start adding in the milk a little at a time. This should start making the frosting easier to mix, especially if it has becomes too difficult to mix together. Keep adding milk and beating the mixture until you reach your desired consistency.
4. After you’ve added in all of the ingredients, you can add in food coloring, if desired. This is often the point where I continue to mix the frosting to give it a light and airy consistency. (If you aren’t looking for an airy frosting, don’t over whip your frosting.)
If you prefer to have a thicker icing, you’ll want to be careful to add in your milk slowly so you can stop adding milk once you get to your desired consistency. Of course, if you go past that point, just add in some more powdered sugar to try to thicken it up more.
A Note about Food Coloring: If you want really vibrant colors, this is my favorite food coloring for vibrant or difficult to achieve colors with regular food coloring.
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Homemade Almond Buttercream Frosting Printable Recipe
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 cups powdered (confectioners') sugar, can be sifted to get rid of any lumps (but I'm too lazy for that kind of thing)
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 - 3 tablespoons milk (may need more, depending on desired consistency, but not too much more)
- I recommend using a stand mixer, if you have one, if you would also like to achieve the super light frosting feel. Even if you don't have one, you can still get that lightness, it will just involve you standing there with your hand mixer for a lot longer than you might want to stand there.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it's a smooth consistency.
- Add in the powdered sugar, salt, and both extracts. Mix these well.
- Start adding in the milk a little at a time, especially if it becomes too difficult to mix the original mixture. Keep adding milk and beating the mixture until you reach your desired consistency.
- After you've added all the ingredients, add food coloring, if desired.