I am pleased to share my go to vanilla buttercream frosting recipe with you! Learning how to make vanilla buttercream frosting was one of the first things I did in 2010 when I discovered my love for baking and cake decorating.
I’m not sure how I discovered it exactly, but I remember it was shortly after I was saved. Searching to find someway to learn about covering a cake with vanilla buttercream icing.
On my quest for all things cake decorating I discovered Wilton and that I could find a teacher based on my zip code for classes. So I decided to conduct a local search and found a very kind instructor who taught Wilton classes and sold their products. I was so excited!
Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe
We met at the studio where she ran her cake business and we made an easy buttercream frosting. It was taken from the Wilton cake decorating book. The icing ingredients simple; confectioner’s sugar, butter and shortening. She told me it was Wilton’s classic buttercream frosting and that I could add more or less water or milk to get the consistency I wanted. She also informed me it was called an american buttercream frosting.
Boy, was I excited?! I felt as though I was a top baker even though I had only learned to make buttercream icing LOL. You couldn’t tell me any different!
How to make a buttercream frosting
I took a few more classes with her and got to the point where she would no longer help me with how to make a buttercream frosting. When I arrived for classes she would have the mixer ready and I would have to measure and make my own frosting.
It was a lot of fun to divide each batch I made in little 1 cup containers I purchased from the dollar store. We would then color each cup of frosting in pastel colors; pink, green, yellow and blue. Thinking of it now, that may have been where my love for pastel colors on cake developed as well.
American Buttercream Frosting
This recipe is very simple and versatile. It is an american buttercream frosting, very quick and easy. Whether you are a pro baker or looking to learn how to make homemade buttercream frosting, this recipe is my go to and I highly recommend.
I’ve come a long way since 10 years ago. I don’t make my buttercream that way anymore .Through several different american buttercream frosting recipes trial and error I’ve developed my own. This is what I will be sharing.
- Butter – Ensure you butter is a room temperature. Creaming your butter before adding any other ingredient will help to sure your buttercream texture is smooth without clumps of butter
- Confectioners Sugar – Otherwise known as powdered sugar is crucial to make an easy buttercream frosting.
- Milk – Milk is the liquid of choice for this buttercream icing to ensure that it is firm enough to not only frost a cake but to pipe on top of a cupcake.
- Salt – Just a little but more than a pinch! This is a secret ingredient in buttercream. Salt helps to balance out the sweetness in frostings and baked good.
I do not use shortening in my buttercream because I do not like the taste.
How to get air bubbles out of buttercream?
- You can use a wooden spoon or metal spoon to stir your buttercream slowly. Push your buttercream to the sides of your bowl to break up air bubbles. Continue this step until you achieve a smooth bubble free buttercream. OR
- After mixing buttercream place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 5 second intervals. Stirring after each interval with a wooden spoon or large spatula. Be very careful with this to ensure you do not melt your buttercream. Do not do this step for more than 20 seconds total.
Some Ways To Use Buttercream?
There are so many ways you can use buttercream frosting
- Pipe designs on cupcakes
- Frost and smooth cakes
- Filling for cakes and cupcakes
- Sandwiched between French Macarons
- Filling for chocolate chip cookie sandwiches
P.S If you have been struggling to find an amazing buttercream recipe, Look no further! Leave a comment below and let me know how you like this recipe!
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- 4 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
- 1 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter (3 sticks)
- 1/2 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup Warm milk
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt
- Sift confectioners sugar then measure 4 1/2 cups
- Using paddle attachment, cream butter on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add confectioner's sugar and mix until combined.
- In a small measuring cup, mix together milk, vanilla and salt then add to your butter and sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until light and fluffy. 3-5 minutes.