Our Recipe for the Perfect Buttercream

The perfect vanilla buttercream is an essential recipe for any bakers kitchen. We took up the challenge of finding the best tried-and-true recipe for the classic frosting and have declared this our favorite! The ingredients blend together beautifully, creating the perfect rich and creamy buttercream ready to top any cake or cookie that comes out of your oven.

For the best looking frosted goodies, allow your just-baked treats to cool completely before spreading on buttercream. It melts easily and keeps shape best when kept away from warmth. Once cooled, tint to your hearts desire, then spread on with the Sweet Creations 9″ Angled Icing Spatula or decorate like a pro with the Sweet Creations 11-Piece Treat Decorating Kit.

No matter what you decide to do with this basic buttercream recipe, we’re sure it will become a favorite in your kitchen!

Perfect Buttercream Icing


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This easy to make buttercream icing is a classic for a reason: it’s delicious! Use it to decorate cakes, cupcake or as a filling.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: Enough to frost a 2-Layer Cake


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 lbs cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4-1/3 cup milk


1. Place butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. 2. Beat in vanilla. 3. Sprinkle in powdered sugar, a half-cup at a time, beating well between additions and scraping sides of bowl often. 4. Add milk, a teaspoon at a time, beating after each addition, until very soft (almost like a thick glaze in consistency). 5. Cover until ready to use.



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