This flavorful, versatile Classic Vanilla Buttercream Recipe is perfect! It has wonderful flavor, pipes beautifully, and if you like the Viva Paper Towel Method of smoothing, it is great for that too.
You can also easily doctor this recipe to suit the type of cake you are making. For instance, add mini chocolate chips for a Chocolate Chip Buttercream, or add a bit of peppermint extract to make Mint Buttercream. The possibilities are endless!
Also, as I’ve noted in the recipe below, you can reduce the amount of sugar used in this recipe for a lighter crust. I often do this when making this recipe for cupcakes.
Keep in mind that this is an all butter (no shortening) recipe, and so it doesn’t hold up as well in hot conditions. For hot summer days, you’ll want to keep the cake or cupcakes inside until the event, or opt for a shortening-based frosting.
Classic Vanilla Buttercream