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Vanilla Buttercream

An easy vanilla buttercream recipe. Makes enough for 12 cupcakes.
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Course: Dessert
Author: Jamieanne


  • 1 ¾ cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter chilled
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1 ¼ cups confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, salt, and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary. Add milk and continue mixing until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary. With the mixer running, slowly add remaining ½ cup confectioners sugar, mix until well combined.
  • I tinted half the frosting pink. To get the pink and white swirl, simply place pink frosting on one side inside of a pastry bag and white frosting on the other side so that the pink and white frostings are side by side. You'll need to squeeze a bit of the frosting out at first to get to the swirled part. It's a really nice effect!
  • The swirled stars on the white frosted cupcakes were made simply by squeezing out a small amount of frosting and twisting the pastry bag at the same time.