vanilla buttercream frostting on cupcake

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24
Author Ashley Fehr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
This Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is perfectly rich and creamy, with lots of vanilla flavor! It pipes easily and holds its shape so it's great for birthday cakes and cupcakes.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar (600g)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt to taste


  • Place butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add sugar, one cup at a time, and beat until combined -- it will be thick. Beat in vanilla extract.
  • Add cream, a little at a time, and beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Continue adding cream until desired texture and firmness is reached.
  • Add a pinch of salt (to your tastes) and beat until combined.
  • Spread or pipe onto cake or cupcakes, or see post above for storing for longer periods of time.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 185, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 8mg, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 309IU, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg