Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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I really can not stand insanely sweet frosting on cakes. I want to taste the cake, and taste the ingredients. I don’t want the sugar to be so overpowering that that is all you can taste. This incredibly creamy vanilla buttercream frosting is my favorite for that very reason.

How to make Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

To begin, beat 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cup) very soft, unsalted butter in your mixing bowl. Beat until nice and fluffy – about a minute on high.

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Mix in 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix for one minute on medium speed, scraping the bowl with a rubber scraper periodically. Add in a pinch of fine salt, 2 tablespoons of half & half and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute, and then increase to high speed and mix for another 2-3 minutes, or until fluffy and creamy.

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Mix in coloring if you like, and use as desired.

How to make Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

How to make Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Classic buttercream frosting, that you can use for any cake or cupcakes you like.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 c) unsalted, very soft butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 1 Tb vanilla extract
  • 2 Tb half & half
  • pinch of fine salt

Instructions

  1. To begin, beat the butter in your mixing bowl. Beat until nice and fluffy – about a minute on high.
  2. Mix in the powdered sugar. Mix for one minute on medium speed, scraping the bowl with a rubber scraper periodically
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute, and then increase to high speed and mix for another 2-3 minutes, or until fluffy and creamy.
  4. Mix in coloring if you like, and use as desired.

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