Traditional Buttercream Frosting

There are many different recipes for buttercream frosting. I love frosting and could eat it straight out of the bowl. I especially like it on cupcakes and cakes, even cookies. We use a lot of swiss buttercream here at Candiland, but I wanted to share the traditional recipe made from butter and confectioners sugar.


Candiland Dessert Buttercream

Recipe include:

2 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter

5 cups of sifted confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

1/4 cup of milk or heavy cream

1/4 ts salt



Place the 2 sticks of room temperature butter in a mixing bowl or stand mixer

Beat with paddle attachment until creamy.

Add vanilla, (or any flavoring)

Start adding sifted confectioners sugar a little at a time.

Add salt

Continue to alternate cream with sugar.  Using cream verse milk will make it lighter and fluffier as its whipped


This should yield 18 cupcakes or frost an 6 – 8″ cake.

Buttercream pictures for Candiland Dessert co.

Gluten-Free Flours and Starches

Do you get confused when you see all the different flours and starches to choose from when you decide to go gluten-free?  When I first started doing recipe development, there were so many products and I was confused. During culinary school, we did not touch  much on the subject of celiac disease. I started to do research when some of my friends had children with autism and they were working with special diets for them. I was also working with a heath and wellness company and they were advising to give up gluten. Then I learned about several types of flours I thought I could use and started testing them. I now use a blend of several flours to get the texture that I want.

Bobs Red Mill Catalog

Some gluten-free flours are more protein and some are more starch which affects insulin. So choose wisely. It is a whole different world using gluten-free flours than your typical all purpose flour that most people bake with.  People that have celiac disease or have a gluten intolerance tend to have many different flours in their pantry to prepare different foods.

Even different manufacturers can produce different results for the same type of flour. So I suggest trying different ones until you find the producer you like.

Where do  you purchase these flours? The least expensive place to find gluten-free flours are online. The above picture is from Bob’s Red Mill. They are one of many different companies that carry gluten-free products. You can also find a small variety in health food stores.

You can find some tips on baking with gluten-free flours here.

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