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posted: 06/08/15

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This is the best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe. Make this easy buttercream frosting recipe and you’ll never want cake without vanilla buttercream again. Or eat it with spoons. I’m not even kidding. We love using this vanilla frosting recipe on all sorts of cookies and cakes, but my absolute favorite is on top of these perfect sugar cookies!

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THE BEST VANILLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING RECIPE

You guys have to make this vanilla buttercream frosting recipe.

The end.

Okay, not really.

But yes. Really.

So this is a frosting recipe that I first made for these adorable sheep cupcakes. And I made it again for Piper’s cake smash. But it is seriously so ridiculously good that I feel like it deserved it’s own post.

BEST Vanilla Buttercream Frosting - the easiest buttercream frosting recipe

So ironically, my sister in law sent me a text message the day before the sheep post went live and asked me if I had a good vanilla frosting recipe. And I said, “Funny you should ask . . . ”  A few weeks later I got this message from her:

 “I LOVE it! It makes boxed cake mixes taste like they were made in a bakery. It puts homemade cakes off the charts!”

I love her.

Layer cake iced with the BEST Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Give it a try, you'll never want cake without it again. Or spoons.

If that testimonial wasn’t enough, yesterday while I was photographing this cake, Gavin asked me if he could have a piece when I was done. Who am I to say no to that cute face? Gavin historically loves cake but doesn’t like frosting at all. Which is just crazy, but kind of awesome because I always get his left over buttercream frosting at birthday parties. #dontjudge

Well, I walked back into the kitchen after giving him some cake and he was eating the frosting!! I said, “Gavin! I thought you didn’t like frosting!”

“I don’t. But, Mom. This vanilla frosting is AMAZING!!”

#truestory

This is the BEST Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Give it a try, you'll never want cake without it again. Or spoons.

RECIPE NOTES FOR THE BEST VANILLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:

  • One batch of this vanilla buttercream frosting recipe is enough to lightly cover 24 cupcakes. I needed to double it to frost a three layer cake, with 1/2 cup frosting between each layer and a nice crumb coat.
  • This frosting firms up rather quickly, so if you are going to top with sprinkles, you will want to frost your cupcake add the sprinkles, and then move on to the next cupcake you need to frost.
  • If you don’t like your frosting as sweet, you can cut back the powdered sugar by a cup. It will result in a less sweet and also less firm frosting.
This is the BEST Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Make this easy buttercream frosting recipe and you'll never want cake without vanilla buttercream again.
5 from 50 votes

The Best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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This is the best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe. Make this easy buttercream frosting recipe and you'll never want cake without vanilla buttercream again.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • To make frosting, beat the butter until fluffy.
  • Then add the powdered sugar gradually, one cup at a time.
  • Add in the vanilla and milk.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. Lynda says

    5 stars
    Perfect Frosting! Used it on a cake & it was amazing. Am getting ready to make it again to decorate brownie pops for my Christmas party!! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ms o glad you liked it!

  2. Bev says

    Is this frosting good for decorated sugar cookies ? I am needing a frosting that will slightly harden but not too hard.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I used this to decorate my Cut Out Sugar Cookies. That said, it does harden pretty quickly. To prevent that, you can add less powdered sugar or a little more milk.

  3. Celeste Swanson says

    5 stars
    Hi Lisa, I am a 13 year old and I love to bake. I have two questions. One, does the recipe change if I double the recipe? And two, is the butter and sugar supposed to be crumbly before I add the milk and vanilla. Thanks Lisa!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Celeste! I wish I would have started when I was that young! You should be able to double the recipe without any problem. I don’t know if I would describe it as crumbly, but you definitely need the milk and vanilla to smooth it out.

  4. Angela says

    This is the thickest icing I’ve ever made, it seriously broke my hand mixer and my food processor! Will never make this again!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Angela . . . .I think there might be something wrong with your hand mixer . . . and your food processor. I’ve made this recipe so many times and literally have never had a problem a single time. And based on all the solid reviews of this recipe, others have had my experience. The only reason I can think someone might break two appliances over this recipe is using butter that is frozen or way too much powdered sugar.

  5. Gina says

    Can i use almond milk in place of milk?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Gina! It will affect the flavor a little, but it shouldn’t impact the consistency. Go for it!

  6. Brittany says

    5 stars
    Delicious and easy to make!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it Brittany!

  7. Lindsay says

    Would a half batch be enough to pipe rosettes onto 6 cupcakes?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I have not tried that, but I would say, yes as this is enough to just lightly frost 24 cupcakes.

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