Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

 

Buttercream frosting 101

Every baker needs to have a tasty buttercream frosting recipe that they can rely on. You never know when you might have to bake an emergency batch of cupcakes and frost them quick! I hope this frosting can be that recipe for you! It has a classic, creamy vanilla taste with a perfect consistency for piping and decorating.

A stand mixer really helps to make smooth and even frosting. I honestly think that the stand mixer is one of the most valuable tools in my kitchen. It’s simply a must-have!

 

…And here’s how it’s done!

Simply add your butter and begin to mix with the paddle attachment. Then slowly add in the powdered sugar, giving it time to become incorporated. Then, add in the vanilla. I like to save adding the heavy cream until last because you can see what the consistency is at. Depending on the consistency you want you can now add more or less cream. I generally add about 1 tbsp. of cream. This gives a good consistency for piping through an icing tip on to a cupcake or other treat.

 

Thin icing? Or stiff icing?

Some things that you might want to pipe such as flowers require a stiffer icing. This is so that the flower will hold it’s shape well. Especially as it is transfer onto a cake or cupcake. Other treats will require a thinner frosting. I can tell you, it’s no fun trying to pipe a really thick frosting through a fur tip onto a birthday cake for your nephew’s birthday! So make sure if that’s what you’re using your icing for to go ahead and add the cream.

I hope you enjoy your easy (and delicious) buttercream frosting! Try piping them onto these fudgy brownies for a sweet treat. Let me know what you think by commenting below!



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Buttercream Frosting
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Servings 2Cups
Prep Time 5Minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 Sticks butter
  • 4 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
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Ingredients
  • 2 Sticks butter
  • 4 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
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Servings 2Cups
Prep Time 5Minutes
Instructions
  1. Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Set mixer to medium speed.
  2. Gradually add in the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated.
  3. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Add the cream using less for stiffer icing and more for thinner icing.
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