Fun & Easy Christmas Tree Cake

The best icing for a beginner to use for cake decorating.


A great cake to make if you’re interested in a fun, light project that’s not too serious.

Classic American Buttercream

Shannon Vavich
The best icing for a beginner to use for cake decorating.
5 from 1 vote


  • Heavy Duty Stand Mixer is recommended


  • 1 pound unsalted butter softened
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar (8 cups) you can omit 1-2 cups if you want a less-sweet icing
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream add more for a smoother less-stiff icing


  • Using the paddle attachment of your mixer, whip the butter until light and fluffy
  • Add the powdered sugar a bit at a time. Scrape down the sides of the mixer with a spatula, intermittently.
  • Add the salt and the heavy whipping cream. Whip on high for a couple minutes.
  • Swap out the paddle attachment for the balloon whip attachment. Whip on high for about 3 minutes.
  • Cover with plastic wrap until it's time to use the icing.
  • Always make more buttercream than you think you'll need. It freezes excellently.
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