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Easy vanilla american buttercream frosting recipe piped onto cupcakes

Vanilla American Buttercream

Kachina @ Sweet Mouth Joy
An easy, fluffy and creamy vanilla buttercream frosting - American style!

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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings


  • 125 g (½ cups) unsalted butter (room temp.)
  • 280 g (2 ⅓ cups) icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 2-3 tablespoon heavy cream (or whole / semi-skimmed milk)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Beat the butter (either by hand, using an electric mixer or stand mixer) until pale, light and fluffy. This could take several minutes.
  • Sieve half of the icing sugar into the butter and beat until combined, then repeat this with the remaining half of icing sugar.
  • Add in the cream and vanilla extract, mixing until only just smooth. If the texture is too thick, add more cream to loosen. Use to frost your cupcakes, cakes, brownies, etc. and enjoy!


  • This recipe makes enough to frost 10 cupcakes (regular size).
  • To frost a 3-layer 6inch cake, between the layers and on top and sides, you'll need to double this recipe (scale up by x2).
  • To frost a 3-layer 8inch cake, between the layers and on top and sides, you'll need to triple this recipe (scale up by x3).


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 7mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online nutritional calculator, actual values may vary.

Keyword Buttercream, Vanilla
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