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Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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  • Author: Elaine VanVleck
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This recipe makes the best easy vanilla buttercream frosting! I love the whipped texture for cakes and for piping on frosting. It's so simple to make homemade, fluffy frosting. This recipe shows you how to make this classic smooth frosting. 



3 cups Confectioners' Sugar
1 cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1-2 Tbsp. Whipping Cream


In the bowl of your stand mixer using the whisk attachment cream together the confectioners' sugar and butter 3-4 minutes until creamy. 

Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon whipping cream. Beat for another minute until they are incorporated. If needed to make the frosting spreadable add 1 more tablespoon whipping cream and mix together. 


I like to use the frosting immediately while it's at room temperature. You can store in a sealed container on the counter overnight if you are going to frost your cake the next day.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Frosting
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free