Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 2.5 cups
Buttercream Frosting Recipe that is light, creamy, and fluffy. This homemade frosting recipe is the BEST Buttercream frosting recipe for cakes and cupcakes. It’s the perfect buttercream icing for decorative piping. You'll love this EASY classic vanilla buttercream frosting recipe!
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or ½ pound), softened (but not melted!) Ideal texture should be like soft serve ice cream.
  • 3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, SIFTED
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Up to 4 tablespoons heavy cream, half and half, or milk **heavy cream is best
  1. Beat the softened butter for a minutes with a mixer using the paddle attachment on medium speed.
  2. Turn off the mixer and add the 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. The mixture will look clumpy – don’t worry, it’s suppose to!
  3. Increase mixer speed to medium and add the vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of cream and beat for 2-3 minutes until it is whipped, fluffy, and creamy in appearance.
  4. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining cream 1 tablespoons at a time.
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