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Nothing quite completes a treat like a creamy layer of frosting. If you like heavy frosting, buttercream is just about the richest around. Its thick texture makes it a dessert favorite, but making it at home may seem like a major chore. There's no big secret when it comes to how to make it. With just a few simple steps you can whip up a bowl of buttercream so good, you'll never want the store-bought stuff again, we promise.

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1. Leave Out Some Butter

Leave out two sticks of unsalted butter to soften to room temperature. Butter softening usually takes about 30 minutes. You can tell the butter is soft enough by gently pressing your finger down on it through the wrapping. If your finger makes an impression, the butter is soft enough to work with.

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