Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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Here is a basic buttercream recipe you can use for cakes or cupcakes.



Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This is a basic recipe that gives you medium consistency. Great for frosting cakes and borders.
Prep Time15 minutes


  • KitchenAid or hand mixer


  • 2 cups unsalted butter close to room temperature
  • cups powdered sugar (630g), measured and then sifted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or other extract of choice Use clear vanilla if you want the frosting to be whiter in color.
  • 3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream Use less if you want a stiffer consistency.
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Take the butter out of the fridge about 30-40 minutes before you want to mix the frosting.
  • With your paddle attachment in your Kitchen Aid or hand held mixer, cream the butter on medium speed until it's light and fluffy. (About 1½ to 2 minutes).
  • Put the mixer on low speed and add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.
  • Cream on medium speed until well blended, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add heavy cream, vanilla, and sprinkle in a pinch of salt.
  • Beat at medium-high speed until icing is smooth and silky. About 4-5 minutes.


This makes enough frosting to frost a 2-layer 8" round cake or a 3-layer 6" round cake. If you would like to do a lot of piping and decorating on top, you can one and a half the recipe. 
If you want a creamier consistency, add more heavy cream 1 Tbsp at a time until you reach your desired consistency. 


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