American Vanilla Buttercream

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

It was about 10 years ago that I discovered the beauty of homemade buttercream.  I was just beginning to learn how to decorate cakes and cupcakes.  Once you realize how much easier it is to pipe homemade frosting and how rich and decadent it is – you won’t go back to store bought.  Full disclosure it is a very sweet frosting, but if sweet is your thing, you will love this vanilla buttercream.  If you only have salted butter in your home – don’t fret – just skip adding the salt.

  • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks) softened
  • 7 cups of powdered sugar (2 lbs bag)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla (use clear if you’re going for super bright white frosting)
  1. Using a stand mixer is the easiest way, but it is by no means necessary.  Either using handheld beaters, or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream your butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add salt and vanilla and combine.
  3. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, while alternating a teaspoon or so of heavy cream in between.
  4. Use your heavy cream to get desired consistency.