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Ingredients (3)

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories265
  • Fat22.91g
  • Saturated fat14.51g
  • Trans fat0.93g
  • Carbs15.16g
  • Fiber
  • Sugar14.87g
  • Protein0.24g
  • Cholesterol60.74mg
  • Sodium3.53mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (12 servings) Powered by

Once you try this easy, buttery, and distinctly vanilla-flavored frosting, you’ll never go back to the can. Use it on cakes, cupcakes, or for filling cookie sandwiches.

For more, see our piece on the Difference Between Buttercream Icing and Royal Icing.

Also check out our fluffy vegan frosting, which still has delicious buttercream flavor.


  1. 1Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on medium-high speed until fluffy and light in color, about 4 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle with a rubber spatula.
  2. 2Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, return the mixer to low speed, and mix until incorporated, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium high and mix until the frosting is airy and thoroughly mixed, about 1 minute more. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.
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