but·​ter·​cream | \ˈbə-tər-ˌkrēm \

Definition of buttercream 

: a sweet butter-based mixture used especially as a filling or frosting

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The cake, by Betsy Thorleifson of Nine Cakes, echoed the invite—a confection iced in broad yellow buttercream brushstrokes, topped with the most exquisite sugar peony flowers and green leaves. Thessaly La Force, Vogue, "The Bride Wore Simone Rocha for Her New York City Secret-Garden Wedding," 7 Nov. 2018 Use ¼ cup buttercream frosting to sandwich together the two rounds. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018 Here's a slice of one that proves there are delicious layers of chocolate cake and buttercream inside. Country Living, "These Wallpaper Cakes Are Almost Too Pretty To Eat," 17 Feb. 2017 Chocolate chunk cookie sandwiches with cookie dough cream filling sell well, Zwieg said, as do chocolate cakes with cookie dough filling and vanilla buttercream frosting, and cupcakes with cookie dough frosting. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2 employees taking over ownership of C. Adam's Bakery in the Milwaukee Public Market," 5 Apr. 2018 Do Ahead: If using same day, let buttercream sit covered at room temperature. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Lemon and Raspberry Wedding Cake with Vanilla Buttercream," 21 May 2018 Her award-winning creation was an angel food cake with raspberry and lemon buttercream with fruit caviar and white chocolate accents. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Polaris Baking and Pastry Arts students shine at state competition: Strong Points," 13 May 2018 The buttercream will serve as a glue to hold the cake while frosting. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 The earthy, grassy taste of the tea was softened by the buttercream separating each layer. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Urban Hibachi Sushi & Grill plates up elegant Japanese fare," 30 June 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of buttercream

: a soft mixture of butter and sugar that is used as a filling or frosting for cakes

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