Vanilla Buttercream
An easy vanilla buttercream recipe. Makes enough for 12 cupcakes.
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1¾ cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, chilled
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1¼ cups confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, salt, and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary. Add milk and continue mixing until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary. With the mixer running, slowly add remaining ½ cup confectioners sugar, mix until well combined.
  2. I tinted half the frosting pink. To get the pink and white swirl, simply place pink frosting on one side inside of a pastry bag and white frosting on the other side so that the pink and white frostings are side by side. You'll need to squeeze a bit of the frosting out at first to get to the swirled part. It's a really nice effect!
  3. The swirled stars on the white frosted cupcakes were made simply by squeezing out a small amount of frosting and twisting the pastry bag at the same time.
Recipe by sweetest kitchen at