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Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting –  Just a couple of everyday ingredients come together to create a light, creamy, fluffy, and velvety smooth frosting that is perfect for topping cupcakes, cakes or cookies.

Buttercream Frosting

This is my to-go frosting each time I make  Cupcakes because it comes together so easily. I used frosting for my easy vanilla cupcake recipe on my birthday last week and everyone enjoyed it. It is one of the easiest frostings you can ever make and it can transform any plain cake into a festive treat.

Buttercream frosting which is also known as Vanilla frosting or butter frosting is very popular and it pairs so well with not just most cake types. It is also a very versatile recipe, hence,  you can add your choice of flavoring color

This recipe is very easy to put together, that is why I called it easy vanilla Buttercream frosting because it requires just 4 ingredients and a little whipping time. You can almost never go wrong with this recipe.

Buttercream frosting is best used right away, however, you can store it in a bowl with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature and cream it together again when you are ready to use it. If it appears too thick, you can add a little milk to thin it to your desired consistency.


Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting – This is a staple for most Cupcakes. It is light, creamy and fluffy. This is my to go frosting each time I make a Cupcake because it comes together so easily. I used frosting for my easy vanilla cupcake recipe on my birthday last week and everyone enjoyed it. It is one the easiest frosting you can ever make.
4.60 from 10 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade, quick
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 cup cakes
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2/3 cup Sugar Icing Sugar( or Confectioners )
  • 1/2 cup Butter unsalted, at room temperature
  • Food colorings optional


  • Whip the butter until it becomes light (About a minute)
  • Add the Vanilla extract and whip
  • Gradually begin to introduce the sugar a little at a time while creaming on a low speed until the frosting becomes light and fluffy – about 2 t0 3 minutes.
  • Add your choice of food coloring if you choose to.


If the frosting is too thick feel free to add some Milk and if it appears too light, feel free to add some icing sugar.
Once you frost the cake, be sure to keep it covered, otherwise, the frosting will become hard and crusty.


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 5mg


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Recipe Rating


Sunday 7th of February 2021

Can I use it to frost a normal cake?

Lola Osinkolu

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Yes, you can

lois akande

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

can i use margarine instead? or not

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 5th of February 2021

I don't recommend it.


Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Will it work with salted butter I never bye unsalted , also to you have to whip

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 7th of August 2020

Yes, it il work with salted butter... Yes, you need to whip.


Monday 4th of November 2019

Wow! Looks easy. I will try that. Please how can I get a very white frosting. What type of butter can one use to achieve that?


Saturday 6th of February 2021

@Joy, It is very white.


Saturday 6th of February 2021

@Joy, You can use Challenge unsalted butter.


Friday 6th of September 2019

This was a great recipe! I am a beginner and this was still super straightforward. The results were unbeleivable as well, It creates a light, smooth cloud of frosting to add to your cupcake. Thanks!

Lola Osinkolu

Saturday 14th of September 2019

Thanks for the amazing review chd. I’m so happy you loved it!