The Best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe (American Buttercream)

March 10, 2018Van
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Prep time: 13 minutes

Serves: Generous Frosting for 12 Cupcakes

This is the best recipe for Classic American Buttercream, it’s fluffy, creamy, buttery and decadent. This frosting pairs well with almost every flavor cake or cupcakes. It’s easy and fast to make and the flavor is so superior to store bought frosting, there’s no reason to ever buy it again. It’s beautiful to frost with, I love using Russian Ball Piping Tips for cupcakes, because you can make gorgeous cupcakes so easily — just look up some YouTube tutorials to learn how to frost with them.

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  • Prep time: 13 minutes
  • Serves: Generous Frosting for 12 Cupcakes


  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1½ Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ⅛ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream


  • 1)

    Place 1 Cup of room temperature Butter into your mixer, use the paddle attachment and beat on Med-High for 6-7 Minutes, the butter should be very light and creamy.

  • 2)

    Turn the speed to low and add in the Powdered Sugar ½ at a time, waiting until it fully incorporates before adding more Powdered Sugar.

  • 3)

    Add in 1½ Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract, ⅛ Teaspoon Kosher Salt and 1 Tablespoon of Cream. Whip on high speed for about 3-5 minutes, scrape your bowl once to make sure everything is mixing evenly -—the frosting should be smooth, creamy and fluffy. You can add another tablespoon of Cream to make it smoother if you prefer.

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