Perfect Vanilla Buttercream

This is my very favorite frosting that I have ever made, and it is my most used frosting. It’s smooth and creamy, spreads beautifully, and isn’t to sweet.

I have made several variations by adding different flavorings and mix-ins, but the simple, sweet vanilla will always be my favorite.

Perfect Vanilla Buttercream [Printable Recipe]
Makes about 24 ounces


1 cup (2 sticks or 226 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 lb. (about 4 cups or 500 grams) confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) heavy cream
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
Food coloring (optional)

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter for 3 minutes. Beat in the sugar and salt until combined. Add 2 tablespoons heavy cream and whisk on high for 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, add more cream, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Stir in the vanilla and food coloring.

Recipe by Darla

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