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Simple Vanilla Buttercream

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About the Recipe


  • 6 cups icing sugar sifted

  • 2 cups unsalted butter room temperature 

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or flavoring of your choice

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy

  • 4 tbsp heavy whipping cream room temperature


Step 1

Prepare a stand mixer with a whisk attachment.

Step 2

Whisk butter until creamy.

Step 3

Reduce speed to low and add in icing sugar 1 cup at a time until well blended. Increase speed to med and beat for 3 minutes.

Step 4

Add vanilla and 2 Tbsp cream and continue to whip on medium for 1 minute.

Step 5

Add more cream as needed until desired consistency is reached (I added all 4 Tbsp).

Step 6

Whip until the frosting is smooth and silky.

Step 7

Use a 1M tip to do rosettes around the cake if desired.

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