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Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This easy vanilla buttercream frosting is great for frosting cakes and cupcakes for birthday parties or other events. So creamy and easy to pipe!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Megan


  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Put butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  • Beat for 20 seconds, or until smooth.
  • Add powdered sugar and salt.
  • Beat on medium speed until the sugar is moist, about 45 seconds.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spoon or spatula if necessary.
  • Beat on medium-low for another 15 seconds until the sugar is fully incorporated with the butter.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl again and add heavy cream and vanilla.
  • Beat until the wet ingredients are combined. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes).
  • Scrape down the bowl a few times during that process to make sure you aren't ignoring any frosting.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Calcium: 7mg
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