Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe that is not only quick and easy to make, but also our favorite and most versatile frosting ever!

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Course: Dessert, Dessert Recipes, Frosting
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 310 kcal
Author: Angela @

Our favorite and most versatile frosting ever! This vanilla buttercream frosting is so easy to make and perfect for spreading or piping onto your next cake or cupcakes!



  • 1 cup butter (softened at room temperature, but not too soft)
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream (2-4 Tbsp, start with 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (or other flavor)
  • 1 pinch salt (optional)


  1. In a large mixing bowl (with a hand mixer) or the bowl of your stand mixer (with the whisk attachment), beat your slightly softened butter for 5-6 minutes or until light (pale in color) and creamy.

  2. Add the vanilla extract, salt (if desired, add to reduce the sweetness of your frosting) and 1 cup of the confectioners sugar. Mix at medium speed and add the remaining confectioners sugar alternating that with drizzling portions of the heavy whipping cream into the frosting.

  3. *You may not need all of the heavy whipping cream, stop adding liquid once you have added all of the confectioners sugar and have reached a firm, but spreadable frosting consistency.

  4. Once all of the confectioners sugar has been incorporated, continue whipping on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until light, creamy and fluffy.

Recipe Notes

*Buttercream frosting stores at room temperature for 2-3 days once you have frosted your cake and does not need to be refrigerated, as long as your filling is not perishable (custard, whipped cream, or fruit fillings).
**Store unused buttercream in an airtight container and keep refrigerated. Will store for up to 4 weeks.
***Before using refrigerated buttercream frosting, allow to come to room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Potassium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Sugars 39g
Vitamin A 10.9%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.