Simply Vanilla Buttercream {Tastes of Lizzy T}
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Simple Vanilla Buttercream

The best vanilla buttercream, made simply. Perfect for piping on cakes and cupcakes.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Julie Clark


  • 1 cup salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream


  • In a stand mixer bowl, with the mixer on medium speed, whip the butter for 2 minutes until it is almost white in color. Make sure the butter is at room temperature, but not melted.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk. Beat on low speed for 3-5 minutes, adding in the last tablespoon of milk if the buttercream needs to be thinner.
  • Spread the frosting on a cake or pipe on cupcakes.


*I usually use heavy cream. If the milk has a higher fat content (such as heavy cream as compared to 2% milk), you may need to add more because it is thicker.
*Recipes makes about two cups.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Calcium: 11mg