Vanilla Buttercream Frosting in a mixing bowl with a spatula

Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttercream, easy, frosting, vanilla
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 cups (1 serving = 1 cup)
Calories per serving 1391 kcal
Author Oriana Romero


  • 2 cups (480 gr) unsalted butter
  • 32 oz (2lb / 907 gr) confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt
US Customary - Metric


  1. In a medium bowl, beat with an electric mixer unsalted butter until soft and fluffy, about 2 -3 minutes
  2. Add confectioners’ sugar, one cup at the time, and keep mixing until blended. Add in heavy cream, pure vanilla extract and salt. Beat on low speed for 1 minute, then increase to high speed and beat for 4 minutes until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.
  3. If frosting is too thick, beat in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, add up to 1/2 cup more confectioners’ sugar.

Recipe Notes

STORE: Buttercream can be stored in the refrigerator for 7 days and in the freezer for 3 months. Make sure you store it well covered in an airtight container.


MAKE AHEAD: Make the recipe following the same steps. Cover tightly and store for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. To use, allow it to come back up to room temperature and beat again for a few minutes so it’s creamy again.


FREEZE: Make the recipe following the same steps. Cover tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator then beat the frosting for a few minutes so it’s creamy again.





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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1391 Calories from Fat 684
% Daily Value*
Fat 76g117%
Saturated Fat 48g240%
Cholesterol 207mg69%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 181g60%
Sugar 177g197%
Vitamin A 2400IU48%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.