Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This vanilla buttercream frosting recipes is great to keep handy in your recipe box. You can adjust the consistency to suit the texture you are looking for and it uses simple ingredients.

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1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
3-4 cups confectioners' sugar, SIFTED
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
Up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

(Makes 2 1/2 cups frosting)


In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter for a few minutes on medium speed.

Add 3 cups of confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until the sugar is incorporated into the butter.

Increase mixer speed to medium and add the pure vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes.

If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add the remaining confectioners' sugar.

If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time.

Buttercream icings are so easy to work with because you can add more or less of the confectioners' sugar and milk and get to that perfect consistency.

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