Rating: 4 stars
32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2

This delicious and fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting is perfect icing for any cupcake, cookie, or cake recipe. Change up your flavors with one of our seven frosting variations, including chocolate buttercream and peanut butter buttercream.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Kritsada Panichgul

Recipe Summary

15 mins
enough to frost tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers


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Instructions Checklist
  • In an extra-large bowl beat softened butter with a mixer on medium 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy.

  • Beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Add 2 Tbsp. heavy cream, 1 tsp. vanilla, and dash salt; beat on low until combined.

  • Gradually beat in 3 additional cups powdered sugar just until combined. Beat on medium 5 minutes or until fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally.

  • Add 1 Tbsp. heavy cream; beat on high 1 minute more. (This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers.) Makes 3 1/2 cups.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Prepare as directed, except add 3 Tbsp. heavy cream with the vanilla, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder with the 3 cups powdered sugar, and 2 Tbsp. heavy cream before beating on high 1 minute more. Makes 4 cups.

Almond Buttercream Frosting

Add 1/4 tsp. almond extract with the vanilla. Top frosted cake with toasted sliced almonds.

Citrus Buttercream Frosting

Beat in 1 to 2 tsp. lemon, lime, or orange zest with the butter. Top frosted cake with additional zest or quartered citrus slices.

Espresso Buttercream Frosting

Beat in 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. instant espresso powder or instant coffee crystals with the vanilla. Top frosted cake with chocolate-covered coffee beans.

Strawberry Jam Buttercream Frosting

Beat 3 Tbsp. strawberry jam (large pieces snipped) into butter before adding powdered sugar. Top frosted cake with fresh strawberries.

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Substitute 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract for the vanilla. If desired, tint pink with red food coloring. Top frosted cake with crushed peppermint candies; press additional candies onto sides of cake.

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Substitute 1/4 cup peanut butter for 1/4 cup of the butter. Sprinkle cake with chopped peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

206 calories; fat 8g; cholesterol 22mg; saturated fat 5g; carbohydrates 34g; vitamin a 82.4RE; sodium 86mg; calcium 10.1mg.