This vanilla buttercream frosting is perfect for all your cake decorating needs. It's simple and will bring tons of flavor to any cake and cupcake.
, room temperature
Powdered Confectioners Sugar
or Whipping Cream
Unsalted Butter (2 cups)
on medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment, until smooth.
Slowly add in the
Powdered Confectioners Sugar (8 cups)
, 1 cup at a time. Alternate with small splashes of
Heavy Cream (2 Tbsp)
Mix in the
Vanilla Extract (1 Tbsp)
Salt (1/2 tsp)
at a low speed. Beat on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached. If the frosting is too thick, add in additional cream (1 Tbsp at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time). If you plan to color the buttercream, add in the gel food coloring once the frosting is fully made, and beat on low until it reaches the desired color.
If you are making frosting for a cake, it is important to mix the buttercream at the lowest speed at the end of the process for a couple of minutes, to get out any extra air that might have to be incorporated during the mixing process.
You can also stir the frosting in a bowl with a rubber spatula, pushing it from side to side, to get rid of any air bubbles. This will make it easier to get super smooth sides on your cake!
I usually make 1 1/2 batches of frosting to stack and frost a seven or eight-inch cake.
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