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.
** We’ve had great results with Domino’s confectioner’s sugar and US Sugar (we buy ours from Costco). Some brands of confectioner’s sugar don’t work as well with buttercream frosting recipes. If a package doesn’t say pure cane sugar, it contains beet sugar which is more likely to give you a grainy outcome. In addition to that, we’ve noticed that even some brands that say “Pure Cane Sugar” will give a grainy consistency. So frustrating! One example is Dixie Crystals (although it used to work great for us a few years ago.) Something has changed…it’s a mystery. Anyway, this recipe should not be grainy, and so if it is, experiment with a different confectioners sugar.
Classic Vanilla Buttercream