Amaretto Butter Frosting Recipe
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Amaretto Butter Frosting Recipe

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Put the crowning touch on Amaretto cupcakes with this rich and buttery topper. —Anette Stevens, Olds, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Amaretto

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 86 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar and butter. Add 3 tablespoons cream and 2 tablespoons Amaretto; beat until smooth. Add remaining cream and Amaretto if needed to achieve spreading consistency. Yield: 2-1/4 cups.
Originally published as Amaretto Butter Frosting in Taste of Home April/May 1993, p21

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Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"Way too sweet. Way too runny. Melted butter is wrong for this. Do you even know how to make frosting??? I made this to the letter and it was too runny even with another half stick of butter and some cream cheese to thicken it up.

DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE!!! It ruined my cupcakes and now I have no cupcakes for my friends birthday. The frosting, of you could even call it that GLOOPED OVER the sides of the cupcake pan. It did not hold its shape.
I am so upset. Whoever posted this recipe should stick to premade cookie dough. Hard to screw that up for the rest of us."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

"So, I made this today to frost a 2 layer deep dark chocolate sour cream cake. I followed the recipe exactly and it was very runny and made about 2 runny cups. I added more powdered sugar, which meant I had to add more Amaretto to get the flavor. It was gummy and really sweet, so I added 3 more tablespoons of SOFTENED (not melted) butter so that it wasn't sickening sweet and then more Amaretto. I'd say I used about 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup cream, almost a 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup Amaretto. All in all, it turned out good once I got the right consistency to frost my cake.

Follow up. It slid down the side of the cake. I changed my rating from 4 stars to 2. Now I have to scrape the rest of it off and start over looking for a better recipe. Very disappointed."

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

"Frosting was stiff so I had to add more cream/Amaretto. I would also double the recipe next time to make sure I have enough frosting to give each cupcake a decent amount. Doesn't have a strong Amaretto flavor unless you add additional."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"really good! My mom loves amaretto, so I added more than the recipe called for, and they were really good"

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