American buttercream is a classic and versatile frosting recipe that should be in every baker’s arsenal. It’s made by creaming together butter, confectioner’s sugar, a pinch of salt, milk or heavy whipping cream, vanilla and any other desired flavorings. Fluffy, spreadable and pipeable, this frosting is popular for good reason.
The frosting for this Vanilla Ombre Cake turns a delicious vanilla cake into a festive celebration cake with three graduating shades of buttercream. The cake and frosting come together easily with a little food coloring and a KitchenAid® stand mixer. Replace the food coloring with natural food dyes made from colorful produce, like beets, for natural color and a little extra goodness.
Many countries across the globe have their own version of buttercream frosting. The Italians and Swiss incorporate egg whites for light, airy meringue buttercreams. The French use egg yolks for a rich, silky confection and German buttercream includes pastry cream for a slightly less sweet version of the frosting.
This Mascarpone Buttercream Frosting recipe will give your cakes and cupcakes a delicate shift in taste. It replaces some of the butter with mascarpone for a creamy, ever so slightly nutty lift. Use your KitchenAid® hand mixer to cream together this delicious concoction.