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My Favorite Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Learn how to make vanilla buttercream frosting that’s super creamy and light as a cloud. It’s perfect for layer cakes, piping on cupcakes, and for frosting sugar cookies.

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Make this homemade vanilla buttercream frosting recipe for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and brownies! It’s easy to spread and pipes really well too! It’s so light and creamy, it’s like a buttercream cloud. This is definitely the best vanilla buttercream frosting recipe! From @whattheforkfoodblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more! #glutenfree #buttercream #frosting #vanilla #vanillabuttercream #vanillafrosting #cake #cupcakes #cakedecorating #recipe #easyrecipes

This vanilla buttercream recipe is one that I’ve been making for, well, forever! I just never gave it it’s own proper post.

In my opinion, this is seriously the best vanilla buttercream frosting recipe ever. It’s so creamy and so light. It’s literally like eating a cloud.

I use this frosting in my gingerbread sandwich cookies, gluten free sugar cookie bars, and I made a dairy free version for my Gluten Free Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Gluten Free Funfetti Cake, and a turned it into Cookies and Cream Buttercream for my Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cake.

Make this homemade vanilla buttercream frosting recipe for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and brownies! It’s easy to spread and pipes really well too! It’s so light and creamy, it’s like a buttercream cloud. This is definitely the best vanilla buttercream frosting recipe! From @whattheforkfoodblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more! #glutenfree #buttercream #frosting #vanilla #vanillabuttercream #vanillafrosting #cake #cupcakes #cakedecorating #recipe #easyrecipes

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What to Pair with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Use this vanilla buttercream frosting for gluten free vanilla cupcakes, gluten free chocolate cupcakes, making gorgeous layer cakes, brownies, or cookies. It’s smooth and is easy to spread with a knife or pipe using your favorite piping tips.

I also love vanilla frosting with chocolate cake. It’s such a classic flavor pairing, it’s a little different from your standard chocolate on chocolate, and you can make it any color you’d like! What’s better than a beautifully and colorfully decorated cake only to cut into it and find out that it’s chocolate inside? Nothing, my friends! Enjoy!

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Make this homemade vanilla buttercream frosting recipe for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and brownies! It’s easy to spread and pipes really well too! It’s so light and creamy, it’s like a buttercream cloud. This is definitely the best vanilla buttercream frosting recipe! From @whattheforkfoodblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more! #glutenfree #buttercream #frosting #vanilla #vanillabuttercream #vanillafrosting #cake #cupcakes #cakedecorating #recipe #easyrecipes

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Make this homemade vanilla buttercream frosting recipe for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and brownies! It’s easy to spread and pipes really well too! It’s so light and creamy, it’s like a buttercream cloud. This is definitely the best vanilla buttercream frosting recipe! From @whattheforkfoodblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more! #glutenfree #buttercream #frosting #vanilla #vanillabuttercream #vanillafrosting #cake #cupcakes #cakedecorating #recipe #easyrecipes

My Favorite Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Learn how to make vanilla buttercream frosting that’s super creamy and light as a cloud. It’s perfect for layer cakes, piping on cupcakes, and for frosting sugar cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • food coloring, if desired

Instructions

  1. Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth.
  2. Add half of the powdered sugar and a pinch of sea salt and beat on low until the sugar is mostly incorporated. Add the remaining powdered sugar and beat on low until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes.
  3. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl. Add the vanilla extract, whipping cream, and food coloring (if using) and beat for an additional minute on low, increasing the speed to medium once the whipping cream is incorporated.
  4. Use for cakes, cupcakes, or your favorite baked goods!

Notes

  1. This frosting can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to use. If refrigerated, bring to room temperature and whip slightly before using.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 0

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Janet Tessmer

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Best Buttercream Frosting! And GF to boot! My daughter-in-law and granddaughter are buttercream snobs :-) and they love this recipe! I tried many others (must be GF) and this recipe is by far the best. Light, creamy and yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Ashley M

Monday 6th of July 2020

Hi, I sent a comment a few days ago but I don’t know if it got to you, hoping to hear back. I’d really like to use your recipe, but it doesn’t state how much it yields. I’m using it to make 24 cupcakes and a 9x13 cake, 2” high. Would you recommend I double or triple the recipe to have enough??

Thanks!

Ashley M

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Hi! About how much does this batch make? I’m looking to make a 9 x 13 cake (2” high) & 24 cupcakes, should I double the recipe?

Thanks!

Cristina F.

Friday 24th of January 2020

Would I be able to pipe rosettes on a cake with this frosting recipe, would the consistency hold up?

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