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The Best Buttercream Frosting

The best vanilla buttercream frosting you will ever taste.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 1614kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks, 283 g) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups (283 g) confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream (or milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Combine the butter and confectioners sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer. 
  • Mix on low speed at first, then increase to medium until combined and smooth. About 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add in your heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract, and mix on medium to high speed for 8 minutes until light and creamy. 
  • 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


Calories: 1614kcal | Carbohydrates: 150g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 115g | Saturated Fat: 73g | Trans Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 305mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 147g | Vitamin A: 3545IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg