The Best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

The Best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Bring the classic flavor of vanilla to life with this delectable Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe. Crafted with simple ingredients, this frosting is wonderfully creamy and rich, making it the perfect topping for any cupcake or cake.

Total Cook Time: 20 min.

Yield: 5.5-6 cups or enough to frost 24 cupcakes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 4.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4-5 Tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk


  1. Begin by placing the softened unsalted butter into a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until it becomes creamy and noticeably lighter in color, around 2-3 minutes.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, half a cup at a time, to the butter. Continue to beat on medium speed. It’s important to add the sugar slowly to avoid a cloud of powdered sugar and to ensure a smoother consistency.
  3. Once all the powdered sugar has been incorporated, pour in the vanilla extract and beat the mixture again until it is thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the heavy cream or whole milk, one tablespoon at a time, and continue to beat on medium speed until you reach your desired consistency. You may not need all the liquid, so be sure to add slowly. The more liquid you add, the softer your frosting will be.
  5. Once you’re satisfied with the consistency of your frosting, increase the mixer speed to high and beat for an additional minute to add a little extra lightness.
  6. Your Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is now ready for use. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp

Calories Per Serving: 170 Cal

Sugar: 23 g

Carbohydrates: 24g

Sodium: 2 mg

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