Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Over the years, I have loved baking, but NOT decorating. I would bake cupcakes and just use a knife to smear on some store bought frosting. Or buy some themed sprinkles and toss them on top and call it good. I just never had the patience to sit and decorate when I had three little ones running around.

Last week however, I decided that it was time to slowly start venturing into the world of frostings, icings, and decorating. I told my hubby about my new interest and he jumped on board. We ended up heading to the store that same night to get some piping tips, food colorings, piping bags, and other tools.

Since I am a newbie at all of this, I decided to keep it simple and start with a buttercream frosting. I already had a family recipe, I had just never used it. My youngest kiddo and I whipped it up in no time and let me tell you, I had a hard time keeping my little guy from eating all of it. He begged for the spoon and said it was “the best frosting ever”.

I would say it was quite a success. I made some cupcakes (recipe coming soon) to go with it and my neighbors and family all agreed, the end result was amazing! This frosting is the perfect consistency to work with whether you just smear some on, or want to pipe it on. The flavor is full of vanilla, which is just what I wanted!!

Stay tuned for other frostings, icings, and ideas coming soon!!




  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk



  1. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy.
  2. Add in powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
  3. Pour in the vanilla and milk and mix until combined.
  4. Use to frost cakes, cupcakes, brownies, etc.
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  1. Neha says:

    If you love buttercream frosting you must make cream cheese frosting. I love it and my son says it’s the best frosting ever. My family absoutely loves it too!

  2. Kristin says:

    That was one of the frostings on my to do list. I don’t have a recipe for it though, so I am going to have to play around with it until I get it just right. Do you have a favorite recipe for it? I LOVE cream cheese, so I have a feeling I would love cream cheese frosting more than even buttercream!!

  3. Neha says:

    Yes I do!
    -1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened (you can use unsalted and add a few pinches of salt, if you want to control salt)
    -8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    -3 to 4 cups powdered sugar (depending on your desired consistency & sweetness of frosting-we like it less sweet so I end up with about 3)
    -2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and the cream cheese. Slowly blend in the powdered sugar and vanilla, then beat until smooth and well-combined. Whip less for dense and more for light and fluffy.

    Once you’ve mastered this add about 2 cups of crushed oreos. I start with 1 cup and add 1/2 cup at a time till I have the flavor I want. This is great on vanilla or chocolate cupcakes. 2nd best frosting ever!! Tip: I buy my oreos in bulk at membership warehouse, crush them all and keep it in the freezer so I don’t have to drag out the food processor every time.


  4. Kristin says:

    Oh thank you so much for the recipe! I am quite excited to give it a try! Can I use it on the blog next time I make cupcakes?? Thanks again!!

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