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The Best Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

makes enough to ice 26 cupcakes or 1 9-inch round layer cake
Author: Roseanne Carrara, Summer of Funner


  • 1 c unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 6¬† c icing [confectioners] sugar
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt or, to taste


  • Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for a moment.
  • Add 4 cups of the sugar. 1/4 c cream, vanilla, and salt.
  • On medium speed, beat until smooth and creamy, about 2-3¬†minutes.
  • As desired, gradually add the remaining 2 c sugar, 1/2 c at a time, alternating with the 1/4 cream, by the tablespoon, until the icing is of the quantity and the spreadable consistency you desire.