Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

When it comes to frosting, I’m all about using homemade frosting to top off my cupcakes, cakes and brownies.  I’ve tasted store-bought frosting and I admit, some of they taste pretty good, but in my honest opinion, NOTHING beats homemade!

One of my go-to recipes for frosting is super easy-to-prepare and you only need a handful of ingredients to make it. When I make homemade cupcakes, I often use this recipe because it’s super creamy and delicious! This recipe will make approximately 3 cups of frosting, so if you’re making a 2-layer cake or one large cake, you may have to double up the ingredients (make a double batch) to get the coverage that you desire.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

1/2 cup butter, softened (not margarine)
4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 to 6 tablespoons whole milk

In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter with an electric hand-mixer until creamy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extra and milk. Continue beating until it reaches the desired consistency.

Note: If you want it to be stiffer, add a little bit of confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. If it’s too thick, add 1 tablespoon at a time of milk. You can play around with that to come up with the consistency that you prefer.

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  1. Tamra Phelps says:

    Yep, that’s the butterc ream frosting recipe we’ve always used, too. It’s one of my favorites, too.

  2. Yes, homemade frosting is best. The store kind usually tastes of the can.

  3. Homemade buttercream frosting is sublime. There’s a reason it’s a classic! Thanks for sharing your family recipe.

  4. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I love homemade frosting, especially buttercream. Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors. For chocolate I use dark chocolate and make a ganache.