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Vanilla American Buttercream

This is the best vanilla buttercream for decorating cakes. Its easy to make and delicious!
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar (1 large bag)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
  • 2-4 tbsp milk or half and half


  • Beat on high room temperature butter and vanilla until butter is smooth and creamy.
  • Slowly mix in powdered sugar until the frosting is thick and creamy.
  • Add milk or half and half until desired consistency is achieved. You'll add more milk for frosting a cake and less if you will be piping. Store leftovers in an airtigh container.
Keyword vanilla buttercream