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Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is my go-to frosting recipe for cakes and cupcakes; it’s simple and delicious.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword american buttercream, buttercream frosting, classic buttercream, vanilla buttercream
Prep Time 20 minutes
Mixing time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 155kcal
Author Lise Ode


For the frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar or 16 ounces
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream or 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  • Add powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla extract with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Note: If the frosting is too thick, you can add a little more cream. Just add one tablespoon at a time, then mix thoroughly until you get the consistency you like.
  • *Note: If you don't have heavy cream, you can use milk or water instead. If using milk or water, I would try 3 tablespoons instead of 1/4 cup. If it's too thick, add another tablespoon.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 273IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg