This is the best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe that you are going to find! This easy to make vanilla buttercream recipe tastes just like the frosting you get at a bakery! Smooth and creamy perfect for frosting cakes and cupcakes!
Buttercream frosting recipe
This buttercream frosting recipe gives you a light, fluffy and delicious bakery style buttercream frosting that is perfect for decorating cakes or cupcakes! On top of it being delicious, you can whip this bakery buttercream frosting recipe up in just a few minutes!
If you are wondering What is the perfect recipe for buttercream frosting?, you are in luck! This is the most perfect light and fluffy frosting recipe you are going to find! And it has the perfect buttercream frosting flavor!
The BEST Buttercream Frosting
This is the only Vanilla buttercream frosting recipe I will use and have used it for years (it has been on the blog for years too!). Every time I make a cake or cupcakes with this buttercream frosting everyone is always asking me for the recipe.
Seriously this is the best buttercream frosting recipe to use if you are wanting to make cupcakes or cake. I don’t just say that – over the years the comments and repins have spoken for themselves (Over 100,000!). I just recently updated the photos for this amazing buttercream frosting recipe so they were prettier but this bakery style homemade buttercream frosting recipe hasn’t changed a bit!
This is the best buttercream frosting that you can make at home and have everyone thinking you went to a bakery because the flavor is amazing. This buttercream icing recipe is one that will remind you of that amazing bakery buttercream frosting that you love.
Uses For Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
You can use this homemade Buttercream icing on top of cakes, cupcakes, of course but it also makes an amazing filling for stuffed cookies and other desserts too!
Check out some of these tasty desserts that use buttercream frosting!
- Cookies and Cream Cookie Sandwich
- Birthday Cake Cookie Sandwiches
- Funfetti Cookie Sandwich
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
Decorating with Homemade Buttercream Frosting
This homemade buttercream frosting is perfect for decorating cakes and cupcakes. It is the perfect texture to spread on a cake and also the perfect texture to pip on cupcakes with a piping bag. You can get vibrant colors really easily also with this buttercream frosting recipe.
How to Color Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Coloring frosting is easy to do. All you need is a few drops of food coloring that you will add in to the buttercream frosting after you are done the first mixing.
I highly recommend using gel food coloring. The liquid food coloring I find adds to much liquid to the buttercream and makes it kind of soggy.
Change the Flavors of Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
The great thing about this homemade buttercream recipe is that you can easily change the flavor from Vanilla buttercream to any other flavor you want to.
All you have to do is use a different flavored extract like almond extract or peppermint extract instead of the vanilla extract. This buttercream frosting can be used as the base to make many different flavors of buttercream.
Looking for more frosting recipes? Check these out and don’t miss this awesome list of cupcake frosting recipes including:
- Chocolate Buttercream
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- Pink Lemonade Frosting
- Peanutbutter Buttercream Frosting
- Mint Buttercream
- Caramel buttercream
- Raspberry buttercream
- Mocha buttercream
Why Does buttercream have shortening in it?
I know when people think of buttercream frosting they think that it is fully made with buttercream and are shocked to see shortening as an ingredient. Shortening is important to use when you are making buttercream because it is a fat and you need fat in your buttercream to make it perfect.
You need the extra fat to make the buttercream light and fluffy and useable for decorating cakes and cupcakes. If you were to only use butter you would end up with a texture that is not good to work with.
On top of that reason, if you were to only butter and not use the shortening then you are going to end up with a very greasy, very heavy buttered flavor frosting.
Shortening is a tasteless fat, that gives the extra fat needed but without giving a heavy butter flavor. We want to be eating frosting, not feel like we are eating a stick of butter. 😉
Making Cakes at Home
I love making homemade cakes and cupcakes for my family’s birthdays instead of going to the store to get one. I find that they taste so much better and they are much fresher too.
I love the ability to make them however I want to. If you are nervous about making the switch to making a homemade cake vs a store bought cake for birthdays don’t be. It really is not as scary as it sounds.
You really just need an amazing frosting and amazing cake. Both of which are really easy to make at home! When I am in the mood for quick and easy I use this trick for how to make box cake better.
Using those tricks I am able to make a boxed cake taste homemade, when I am making cupcakes and cakes. However I do normally try to make sure I have the time to make a from scratch cake because I do prefer them.
When I make a cake I like to decorate it. Sometimes I go simple and sometimes I go all out it all depends on my mood. This is my favorite cake decorating set to use when I am decorating cakes. It comes with icing bags and lots of different icing bag tips so you can pick which style you want your frosting to be when you are decorating your cakes.
To make life easier when decorating a cake, having a cake stand, will help a lot. You can easily spin the cake while you are decorating.
Looking for Cake Ideas? Check these out!
Making Cupcakes at home with Buttercream Frosting
Making cupcakes at home is super easy to do, and just like when you are making a homemade cake, the frosting is one of the most important things! This homemade frosting is also perfect for piping frosting on to cupcakes with!
Looking for awesome cupcake flavors? Check these out!
- chocolate cupcakes
- vanilla cupcakes
- strawberry cupcakes
- Peanut Butter cupcakes
- Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
Cupcake Decorating Tips
If you have never decorated cupcakes, be sure to check out these posts to help you. I promise you that it is super easy to have bakery fancy cupcakes made at home in your kitchen!
- How to get a perfect cupcake swirl
- Easy Way to Fill a pastry bag
- How to Swirl multiple Flavors of Frosting
Supplies You need to Frost a Cake
Tips for Making amazing buttercream
Make sure your butter is room temperature. Do NOT put it in the microwave to soften, put it on the kitchen counter and soften.
Use the paddle handle on your mixer when you are mixing your frosting.
Be sure you are putting the confectioners sugar in slowly, other wise you will end up with a big mess of the confectioners sugar spewing out of your mixer.
Buttercream Frosting Ingredients
- Vanilla Extract
- Confectioners sugar
- hot water
How to make Buttercream Frosting
Making homemade buttercream frosting is SUPER Easy.
I use my kitchenAid mixer when making this easy buttercream frosting, but if you do not have a stand mixer then you can use a hand mixer . Either one will do the job, but I prefer using the stand mixer.
In your mixer’s bowl mix butter and shortening.
Then add in the confectioners sugar and mix it little bit little until the sugar is incorporated into the butter/shortening mixture.
Add in the vanilla extract and hot water.
Continue mixing the buttercream for 10 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Bakery Style Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- Place your butter and shortening together in the bowl of your mixer. Mix them together on medium speed until they are nice and creamy.
- Turn the mixer down to the lowest setting and slowly incorporate the powdered sugar into the shortening mixture.
- Once you have added all the powdered sugar in to your mixture, add in the vanilla extract and then the hot water.
- Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and continue mixing for 10 minutes until light and fluffy.
- The buttercream can be stored at room temperature for up to three days or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. When you bring it out of the refrigerator let it sit at room temperature for two hours. Then re-whip it for ten minutes to bring it back to life.
16 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving on the Freestyle Program
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