Easy and So Delicious: Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This simple & scrumptious 5 ingredient classic vanilla buttercream frosting recipe will be your new “Go To” cake topping.

a cake covered with vanilla frosting

Why this Recipe Works:

  • Butter, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla bean paste or extract and a little cream are all you need for a super simple fluffy frosting. I add a pinch of salt to boost all the flavors.
  • No special equipment is needed. All you need is an electric mixer.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients are a must for ultra fluffy frosting. Make certain to take your butter out a few hours before mixing. Otherwise the frosting will not bind properly and look curdled.
  • No cooking. Just beat the butter until fluffy and pale and slowly add in the sugar (on low), cream and vanilla. Add the salt at the end.
  • You can make this ahead of time. Place the frosting in an airtight container ( I prefer glass) and chill until needed. Let rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before spreading or it can tear your cake.
a dish of salt, vanilla paste two sticks of butter

Ingredients in Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

  • unsalted butter
  • heavy cream
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • vanilla bean paste or extract
  • kosher salt
a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and a huge dollop of frosting on the paddle

Pro-tips making Buttercream frosting:

  • Make certain your butter is at a “cool” room temperature- you do not want it so soft that it is greasy. Leave it on the counter overnight- that typically works.
  • Use the highest quality vanilla you can find. The vanilla is the star of the show- so buy the best.
  • If the frosting looks grainy, scoop out 1 cup, microwave for 10 seconds then blender back into the rest of the batch
  • It’s best to sit the sugar into the frosting for an extra silky buttercream. Only use 10x sugar.
  • It tastes about 3-4 minutes to properly beat the butter. It will be pale yellow.
  • Use the paddle attachment on your mixer. A whisk will not whip the right amount of air into he frosting.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl while mixing.
6 oz jars filled with vanilla bean paste

This recipe for classic vanilla buttercream frosting makes enough frosting for:

  • 9″ x 12″ cake.
  • One dozen cupcakes
  • 2 layer cake
a two layer chocolate cake

Recipes you can use this classic vanilla buttercream frosting:

a cake in a 9 x 13 cake pan with a dollop of vanilla frosting on it

Easy and So Delicious: Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This simple recipe makes the fluffiest no cooking frosting you can find.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic vanilla buttercream frosting
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 332kcal


  • 1 cup Unsalted butter , at room temperature, cut into chunks
  • 3 1/2-4 cups Confectioner’s sugar- 10X
  • ¼ cup Heavy cream , room temperature
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla paste or extract


  • Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter on medium high speed for 1 minute until pale and fluffy. Scrape down the sides.
  • Turn off the mixer and add in sugar, 1 cup at a time. Turn mixer on low, incorporate sugar, turn off and add another cup, repeating until all the sugar has been incorporated.
  • Add in the cream, vanilla and salt. Mix on medium high until frosting becomes light and fluffy.
  • If the frosting is too stiff, add in more cream, one TBSP at a time. If it is too loose, add in more sugar.
  • Spread on a completely cooled cake with an offset knife for best results.


  • Do not use a butter substitute for this recipe.
  • Sift your sugar if it has a lot of clumps.
  • You can chill your frosted cake up to 48 hours before serving. Let the cake come to room temperature before slicing or the frosting will be a bit gritty and stiff.
  • This makes enough frosting to ice a 9″ x 12″ cake, one dozen cupcakes or a two layer round cake.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.2g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 16.5g | Saturated Fat: 10.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 45.6mg | Sodium: 41.4mg | Potassium: 5.8mg | Sugar: 43.7g | Vitamin A: 35.6IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 0.3mg

    a large one gallon glass jar with lid filled with sugar and vanilla beans

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