Vanilla Buttercream

Vanilla Buttercream
Easy as it is to make, really good frosting is hard to find. I have high expectations for anything I top my cakes with: fluffy but holds form, sweet but not straight sugar, memorable but not overpowering, and I could go on. Normally, I’m a cream cheese-frosting-kinda-girl, but every baker needs a basic buttercream, so here’s mine.

Vanilla Buttercream
(makes at least 6 cups)

You’ll need:
3 lbs confectioners sugar
1.5 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks)
1 cup of shortening
1.5 tablespoons vanilla
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Mix the butter and the shortening in mixer on high in mixer with whisk attachment until blended together, about one minute.

Add in vanilla, salt, lemon juice, milk and whipping cream and beat until light and fluffy – about 3 more minutes. Here’s when you add food coloring (if needed) and whip for another minute.

easy vanilla buttercream recipe

Grab your cake stand. Place small sheets of parchment paper around the edge – this will help keep the edges clean while you frost the cake. Place your first layer (cut round top off or place face down) on top of the prepared cake stand.

easy vanilla buttercream recipe

Place about half a cup (add more, if needed) on the top of the first layer and spread evenly.

easy vanilla buttercream recipe

Place the second layer on top of the frosted first layer. Continue to ice thin layer around edges and top of cake. Repeat as needed, based on number of layers.

easy vanilla buttercream recipe

I used this to layer and frost a 2-layer 9″ cake, and had about 1 cup or so leftover – you can refrigerate it for up to 3 days, or freeze for later.

easy vanilla buttercream recipe

Pipe away! This one was for a little girl’s 1-year-old smash cake. Use Wilton 1M for the rose look. Start in the middle, and pipe clockwise.

easy vanilla buttercream recipe

Leave room temperature to make sure the buttercream is smooth, soft, and in this case, smash-ready.

easy vanilla buttercream recipe
easy vanilla buttercream recipe

I can’t wait to see photos of the lucky one-year-old that gets to play with this! I’m totally jealous, and wishing it was socially acceptable for 20-somethings to have smash cakes too.

More Recipes

Share on social


Don't miss a single post!

Be the first to know about new flavors, upcoming events, recipes and more!

Eva Rosenberg

Eva Rosenberg

Welcome to Eva's Kitchen where I share my adventures in cooking. My creations may not always turn out Pinterest perfect, but I usually end up with a funny picture or an interesting meal. Thanks for stopping by!


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Join the mailing list

if you want to connect on a more personal level & get content straight to your inbox – sign up below to be added to the list!

(don’t worry, I’ll never spam you or give out your email address)