Cinnamon Buttercream elevates classic buttercream to a new level. It has the perfect hint of cinnamon and pairs with Pumpkin Cake, Carrot Cake Cupcakes and more. With only 5 ingredients, anyone can easily make this.

Cinnamon Buttercream frosting piped on cupcakes with a cinnamon stick on top.
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Cinnamon Buttercream is the perfect complement to a variety of cakes and cookies. I have been making homemade frosting for my family for years and this is a new favorite.

The richness from the buttercream combined with cinnamon results in the best flavor. Flavored buttercream is effortless to make and I recently made Strawberry Buttercream. This recipe is wonderful served with Cinnamon Ice Cream Recipe.

Why you will love this recipe:

  • Minimum ingredients. You only need 5 pantry staples to make this recipe.
  • Quick and easy. The entire recipe comes together super fast.
  • Tastes amazing. The buttercream flavor with a hint of cinnamon is decadent and perfect for Fall.


Ingredients for easy Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting. This includes powdered sugar, cinnamon, butter, vanilla and milk.

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Ground Cinnamon

For the complete list of ingredients, please look at the recipe card at the bottom.

How to make Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting:

Mixing bowl with butter and vanilla.

Step 1. First, beat the butter and add the vanilla to the stand mixer. Combine with a paddle attachment until mixed together.

Mixing bowl with cinnamon added to the butter mixture.

Step 2. Next, add the cinnamon and combine the mixture using medium speed.  

Powdered Sugar in a measuring cup being poured into the frosting mixture in a bowl.

Step 3. Then, gradually add the powder sugar. Mix until combined and scrape the sides of the bowl.

Frosting mixture with milk added until the desired consistency.

Step 4. Add the milk slowly until the texture is the desired consistency.

Bowl of cinnamon buttercream frosting ready for the fridge.

Step 5. Refrigerate the frosting until ready to use.

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting being piped on a cupcake.

Step 6. Pipe the frosting on to cupcakes or spread on cake layers as desired.

Tips for Success:

  • Softened Butter. It will be easier to cream the butter if it is softened. The consistency will also be smoother.
  • Gradually add the milk. Continue to add milk until the desired texture.

How to store Buttercream Cinnamon Frosting:

Place the frosting inside an airtight container. Refrigerate up to 5 days.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze this frosting?

Yes, this frosting is perfect to freeze. Make sure the frosting is sealed tightly to ensure it does not get freezer burn.

Freeze up to 3 months. Allow to thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to use.

What if my frosting is too sweet?

Keep in mind that buttercream frosting is a very sweet recipe. You can add a pinch of salt to cut down on the sweetness. However, do not add too much or you risk ruining the entire batch of frosting.

How do I thicken the frosting?

If the frosting is too thin for your preference, the first step is to refrigerate it. The temperature may be too warm in your kitchen and result in the butter softening too much.

Refrigerate the frosting for 40 minutes to 1 hour and check on the consistency. If it is still too runny, add more powdered sugar. Start with ¼ cup and combine together until desired texture.

What if my frosting is too thick?

Add 1 teaspoon of milk and combine the ingredients. Continue to do this until it is the desired thickness. Do not add too much milk at once or you might use too much.

More Homemade Frosting Recipes:

Once you try this delicious frosting, I would love for you to leave a star rating and a comment. It makes my day hearing your feedback on recipes.

Cupcake with delicious Buttercream Cinnamon Frosting swirled on top.
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Cinnamon Buttercream

5 from 3 votes
Cinnamon Buttercream elevates classic buttercream to a new level. It has the perfect hint of cinnamon and pairs with Pumpkin Cake, Carrot Cake Cupcakes and more. With only 5 ingredients, anyone can easily make this.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 333


  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 5-6 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Milk


For the Cupcakes:

  • Beat together the butter and vanilla extract with a hand held or stand up mixer until thoroughly combined.
  • Add in the cinnamon.  Stir until combined.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until combined.
  • Slowly add the milk until the frosting is the consistency that you prefer.
  • Chill until ready to use and then the frosting is ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered, for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 333kcal, Carbohydrates 50g, Protein 0.2g, Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 41mg, Sodium 4mg, Potassium 9mg, Fiber 0.1g, Sugar 49g, Vitamin A 475IU, Vitamin C 0.01mg, Calcium 8mg, Iron 0.05mg

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