basic buttercream

Vanilla Buttercream

You’ve probably heard of Pink Little Cake (if you haven’t you must go check out her amazing cakes, cookies, and How-To’s!).  Even though my head is a little inflated right now, I’m going to stick to my original plan of sharing my buttercream recipes. Finding the perfect vanilla buttercream has been a struggle for me over the years. I have tried tons of recipes and gone through hundreds of sticks of butter in search of my favorite. I have narrowed it down to my top two vanilla buttercream recipes. I’ve tried to pick one but I just can’t!

Buttercream cake recipe

Vanilla Buttercream
Vanilla Buttercream
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

American Buttercream recipe

American Buttercream is and will always be my family’s favorite buttercream. It is sweet, creamy, and perfect for cupcakes. This recipe is a favorite among kids. And well, it’s damn good.
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Vanilla Buttercream
The Best-Ever Vanilla Buttercream

Ingredients – white frosting recipe

  1. 4 sticks unsalted butter
  2. 2 lbs powdered sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons vanilla teaspoon popcorn salt
  4. 5-6 Tablespoons half and a half
Vanilla Buttercream
Buttercream Icing Recipe

Vanilla Buttercream

If you are in a high temp location substitute 1 cup of Hi-Ratio shortening for 2 sticks of the butter.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add sugar, half and half, vanilla and salt; mix until light and fluffy.

Meringue Buttercream

Vanilla Buttercream
Meringue Buttercream recipe

Meringue Buttercream is a newer recipe for me and an adapted recipe from my friend Jeanette (from Blue Ivey Company Cakery). It is a cross between Swiss Meringue and American Buttercream. It is buttery, creamy, and smooth. When I cover a cake in fondant this is the one I use. Simple icing recipe.

1 lb, 8oz. powdered sugar
2/3 cup pasteurized egg whites
1 Tablespoon vanilla
6 sticks unsalted butter, softened cup hi ratio shortening

In an electric mixer using a wire whip, combine sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. Mix on low to combine. Increase speed to high and mix for 10 minutes to build volume. Switch to a paddle attachment and reduce speed to medium, slowly add softened butter and shortening and beat an additional 10 minutes or until the full volume is reached.

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Vanilla Buttercream

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream, Dessert
Author: Cakemewithyouplease