Quick, easy, and delicious vanilla buttercream recipe. | livforcake.com
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Simple Vanilla Buttercream

Quick, easy, and delicious vanilla buttercream recipe.

Course Dessert
Type Buttercream, Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 cups - enough to frost a 2-layer 8" cake
Calories 1257 kcal
Author Olivia


  • 6 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or flavoring of your choice
  • 4 tbsp heavy whipping cream room temperature


  1. Prepare a stand mixer with a whisk attachment.
  2. Whisk butter until creamy.
  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.

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

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

  6. Whip until the frosting is smooth and silky.

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