Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

A few weeks ago, I posted my recipe for white cupcakes.  I also posted the recipe for chocolate frosting.  As promised, here is the recipe for Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!  This frosting was so good!  It was the perfect consistency, and I loved how the vanilla flavor came through in it.  I also like how it wasn’t as sugary as store bought frosting can sometimes be.  I can’t wait to make this frosting (and the cupcakes!) again.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

(print recipe)


  • 20 tablespoons (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups Confectioners’ sugar (10 ounces)
  • Pinch of table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. In standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds.
  2. Add confectioners’ sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 45 seconds. Scrape down bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully combined, about 15 seconds.
  3. Scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 10 seconds, then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.

Yield: 3 cups of frosting;  If you need less frosting, recipe can be halved

Note: Frosting should be stored in the fridge.

Recipe from: Beantown Baker Blog;  Originally from Cooks Illustrated


3 Responses to “Vanilla Buttercream Frosting”

  1. 1 Kathy May 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    These cupcakes look so pretty! Nice to have a vanilla
    frosting that tastes good.
    Enjoying your cooking blog so very much!

  2. 2 kristineskitchen May 12, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Reading your cupcake posts is making me want to bake cupcakes! These look delicious.

  1. 1 White Cake with Raspberry Filling and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting « Cooking with Karen Trackback on May 16, 2010 at 5:40 PM

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