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Simple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

An easy and delicious homemade Simple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe! Use it on your favorite cakes, cupcakes or just a spoon – I won’t judge!

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With a blog name like Love Bakes Good Cakes, you could safely assume that I like to bake (and eat) cakes. I actually love to bake! As much as I love to bake, sometimes, I have even been known to take a shortcut and use a boxed cake mix. Yes, I cheat. Sometimes. I actually like keeping a few boxes of cake mixes on hand for a quick treat for the kiddos or when we have unexpected guests. However, I am very particular when it comes to frosting. I do not like the stuff in a can. I grew up eating it but somewhere in my young adult life, I realized I could make it myself and not only was it easy, but it tasted a billion times better than the canned frosting. My husband and kiddos don’t mind the canned stuff, but it ain’t happening for me! Ever since I found out how easy it was to make my own frosting, there is no going back!  

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My go to frosting is a Simple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. When I say simple, I mean you put it all in the bowl and mix it and it’s done. Bam. No need for that canned stuff. Seriously, this homemade Simple Vanilla Buttercream will make a believer out of you! Making frosting from scratch is so easy! You can easily use food coloring to make it any color you like. I love to pair this frosting with a chocolate cake or cupcake. A few sprinkles takes this to an “oooh and ahhhh” worthy dessert! I could never get the canned frosting to pipe onto cupcakes right – but I never have that problem when I make this Simple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting! I love making those pretty swirls! Enjoy!

Simple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
An easy and delicious homemade Simple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe! Use it on your favorite cakes, cupcakes or just a spoon - I won't judge!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) real butter, softened
  2. 3-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  3. 3-4 tbsp. milk or water
  4. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. Food coloring, if desired
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, using 3 tbsp. milk or water.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the ingredients on medium speed until well combined and fluffy. Only add the additional tablespoon of milk or water if frosting seems too thick.
  3. Use to frost cakes or cupcakes of your choice.
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6 Responses to Simple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  1. Dena May 28, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

    • Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
      Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes May 28, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Hi, Dena! You could use either – I prefer unsalted!

  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche May 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

    I think I could devour this buttercream frosting by the spoonful.. it looks perfect!

    • Jamie Sherman
      Jamie Sherman May 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      Thanks so much, Thalia! 🙂

  3. Rachael June 3, 2015 at 6:29 am #

    I love a simple frosting. I can’t wait to try this one out! I bet it tastes great!

  4. marcie June 4, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    This frosting looks like perfection, Jamie, and I love how easy it is!

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