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Vanilla Buttercream Recipe

What is vanilla buttercream? vanilla buttercream is soft, fluffy, creamy and full of vanilla flavour. It is used for almost any cake or cupcake, either to sandwich the cakes together or to decorate them. There are a few reasons why many find it hard to get the vanilla buttercream recipe perfect. I will be giving all the useful tips and tricks to get the best buttercream recipe.


What is a simple frosting recipe? Simple does not always mean the best recipe. This light buttercream frosting recipe will take a bit of time but I can guarantee this will be the only recipe you need and the best and easy icing recipe for cupcakes and cakes. wohoooo that’s a big statement I know, But I worked on this recipe and tips for 1 year to get it perfect, so it is fair for me to make that statement. Vanilla buttercream icing is creamy, light and fluffy.

Ingredients for buttercream frosting

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ingredients for buttercream frosting

Tips on getting a creamy buttercream icing

  • Butter: It is very important to remember the golden ingredient. Butter!!! Now all recipies out there has the same recipe and my recipe is no different but the tips I share is what will make this recipe different than the other ones out there. I can’t stress this enough!!! The butter needs to be at room temperature. room temperature in all countries are different. The butter needs to be soft not MELTED. The butter will need to be turned as whipped butter before adding icing sugar.
  • It needs to turn white and resemble like whipped butter. This will take about 30 minutes. Trust me, do not rush this step. The below picture is a reference as to what the butter should look like. I also have a side by side butter picture to show you what happens to yellow butter when mixed for 30 minutes. The below picture is ONLY butter and nothing else added.
  • Icing sugar: This needs to be sifted and mixed with the whipped butter. After adding the icing sugar it needs to be mixed well as well.
  • Vanilla : This is the key ingredient, it is called Vanilla buttercream. You can use vanilla essence and Vanilla beans.
  • Cream : This is what will make it a creamy buttercream. This will give a whipped buttercream frosting texture

Why does a Vanilla Buttercream frosting split?

Make sure the butter is at room temperature. This is very important, it is all about the butter.

if your butter is too melted it will instantly split the mixture.

How to make vanilla buttercream less sweet

Is vanilla buttercream sweet? Yes, it is. Well, it’s made with butter and icing sugar. I use a 1:2 ratio here, which means 1 part butter 2 part Icing sugar, now you can make a 1:1 recipe which means 1 part Icing sugar and 1 part butter which is less sweet, but honestly, I prefer the 1:2 ratio. But if you prefer to have it less sweet then follow the 1:1 part recipe

How to make vanilla buttercream white

When I used to make buttercream before it was a bit yellowish, but after all my trials of getting the fluffiest buttercream, I figured out how to get it white. The answer lies in whipping the butter for 30 minutes prior to adding icing sugar

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Vanilla buttercream for cupcakes

Does vanilla buttercream contain Milk?

I use to add Milk, and it is totally fine as well, But using cream will give you a creamier texture. So for this recipe definitely use cream. Using cream in this recipe will give you the best buttercream icing for piping as well. This will be a cake decorating buttercream

In what recipes can I use buttercream frosting?

Vanilla cupcakes
Ribbon cake
Chocolate cupcakes

Does vanilla buttercream frosting need to be refrigerated

No, it doesn’t. But it needs to be stored in a cool and dry place. Freshly made buttercream taste better. I honestly don’t like making buttercream in advance. I make it on the day of serving.

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Vanilla buttercream frosting

What Nozzel to use for piping

I use star tip 21 Nozzel to pipe, I have linked it here

How long does easy buttercream icing last

1-2 days maximum. Because It will not taste good after 2 days. The texture will not be good after a couple of days. So use it within the day of making it

You can also check my other dessert recipes

Step by Step recipe how to make vanilla buttercream


Vanilla Buttercream Recipe

Easy Vanilla Buttercream for any cake or cupcake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 8 people


  • Stand mixer or hand held cake mixer


  • 125 g Butter Unsalted, Room temperature
  • 250 g Icing Sugar Sifted
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
  • 1 Tablespoon Cream Thicken, Whipping cream


  • Add the room temperature butter to a bowl of a stand mixer or a handheld mixer with the whisk attachment. Mix on a high speed for about 30 minutes until the butter is fluffy and pale in colour. If you live in a hot and humid country, this might be quicker.
    This should resemble a whipped butter texture and white in colour.
  • Sift the icing sugar, directly onto the butter. Mix it well for 5 minutes at high speed until it is thick and creamy
  • Add in the vanilla essence and the milk, colouring if using any and beat it on a medium speed for another 5 minutes.
    This will ensure you will get a fluffy and creamy buttercream.
  • Use the buttercream to decorate your cakes/cupcakes


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2 thoughts on “Vanilla Buttercream Recipe”

  1. Hi Rachi
    Do you use just the icing sugar for this or icing sugar mixture ? (CSR pink packet) Is there a huge difference when making butter icing using just icing sugar or icing mixture?

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      Hey, I use icing sugar mixture. you can use both. I like using the mixture so I don’t have to sift and can be used straight from the pack. If you use pure icing sugar make sure to sift. No difference in taste or texture.

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