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Vanilla Frosting

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cups

Description

This Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe recipe is very versatile. It’s a basic vanilla buttercream using butter and powdered sugar. This is the perfect frosting for piping cupcakes and cake decorating. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup (339 g) (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cold.
  • 5 cups (650 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons (12 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) heavy whipping cream (or milk)

Instructions

  1. Cut the butter into pieces. Using the paddle attachment, whip the butter for 5-7 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally, beating until the butter look light in color.
  2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated into the butter then add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Beat for about 60 seconds.
  3. Next, add an additional 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat on low speed until sugar is incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes.
  4. Add last 1 cup powdered sugar along with the heavy whipping cream. Beat on low until the ingredients start to mix together. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for another 3-5 minutes to whip additional air into the frosting.

Notes

  • This frosting can be kept at room temperature if serving within 24 hours and it’s not too hot. Store in an airtight container.
  • It can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated for 7 days, store in an airtight container. Frosting must come back to room temperature before piping, and suggest to rewhip.
  • This frosting can also be frozen in an airtight container, but once thawed, I suggest to rewhip.
  • If you are coloring this frosting, I suggest to try using a clear vanilla extract to keep the frosting a pure white
  • Flavor with different extract or zest of lemon, orange or lime
  • This makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes
Nutrition Information:
1/2 cup
540
65g
6mg
31.3g
19.5g
66.7g
0g
0g
82mg
  • Category: Frosting
  • Method: Stand Mixer
  • Cuisine: American

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