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The Best Buttercream Frosting

The best vanilla buttercream frosting you will ever taste.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups



  • Combine the butter and confectioners sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer. 
  • Mix on low speed at first, then increase the speed until combined. 
  • Add in your heavy cream and vanilla extract, and mix on medium to high speed for 8 minutes until light and creamy.Add the pinch of salt.
  •  If not using immediately, store in a container in the refrigerator until ready to use, mix again until light and fluffy.



  • Use softened butter to achieve the best consistency.
  • To ensure lumps, you can sift the powdered sugar.
  • Make sure to whip this buttercream for a full 8  minutes to get a light airy fluffy consistency. If you are using a hand mixer this will take longer.
  • Before serving your cakes or cupcakes with this frosting, be sure to bring the frosting to room temperature due to the butter in the frosting.
  • Adapted from Cook's Illustrated