This is the best vanilla buttercream frosting around if I-do-say-so-myself. Sweet, rich, light, and fluffy. It is my go-to frosting recipe. I use it for cakes, cupcakes, and decorating, whenever I need a frosting, this is the recipe that I use.
It is a basic recipe that can be tweaked and flavored in a thousand different ways. You can replace some of the butter with cream cheese to make it a cream cheese frosting. You can add lemon zest and a little lemon juice to make a nice lemon frosting. You can also add about 1/2 cup of cocoa to make this chocolate buttercream. See, infinite possibilities.
When I am making this for a cake, or a lot of cupcakes, I double the recipe. I would rather have extra frosting than have to make another batch in the middle of icing a cake. I have done it more times than I would like to admit.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Ingredients //
- 2 sticks room temperature butter
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream
How to Make // The Steps
Cream the butter until it is really light and fluffy. At least 3 minutes.
Gradually add the sugar. I add about 1/2 cup at a time. If you add too much you will be wearing it. So will your counters. And your ceiling.
It will be pretty thick.
Add the vanilla or whatever flavoring you are using.
This is what I think sets this buttercream apart. The cream. Add 2 Tablespoons of cream and beat the frosting for a few minutes. If the frosting is too thick, add a little more cream until you get the consistency that you like.
If I have a big cake-making day, I will make this a day ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge. I hope that you like this buttercream as much as I do.
Tips & Tricks //
- You can keep the buttercream icing in the fridge for 3 days in an airtight container. If it is a bit too hard after staying in the fridge you can leave it outside for a bit to let it soften.
- I always like starting with butter at room temperature.
- Once again, the cream is what will help you get to the right consistency so don’t forget it and make sure to add a bit more that two spoons if the frosting is too tick.
- The variations are truly infinite, You can make a chocolate, caramel, coffee or even rose. Just change the vanilla with the flavor you pick on step 4.