Basic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Vanilla buttercream frosting whipping in a kitchen aide electric mixer

Buttercream frosting is delicious and easy to make.  This four ingredient recipe takes minutes to whip together.  This buttercream frosting recipe is great on cookies, brownies and/or cupcakes.

Vanilla buttercream frosting whipping in a kitchen aide electric mixer

Basic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Buttercream frosting  is definitely not a hard recipe to make, but it’s definitely a yummy recipe to add to your mix.  It’s amazing how four simple ingredients blend together to make such pure sweet, deliciousness.  You know the kind I’m talking about?  The kind that makes you want to lick the beaters and scrape the bowl!

This recipe is simple to make, it’s an easy combo to whip and it’s perfect on top of cookies, brownies and cupcakes.

The hardest part about making buttercream frosting is remembering to take the butter out of the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature before you have to make it.  If you are in a pinch, but only if you’re in a pinch, you can put the butter in the microwave for 10 seconds.  However, room temperature is really the best way to go!

If your butter is at room temperature, I have never had to add more than 1 tablespoon of milk to the mix.  The milk can be whatever you use; skim, low-fat or whole.  However, if you do have to add additional milk for a fluffier consistency, always add one tablespoon at at time; otherwise you will be shifting between, milk and confectioner’s sugar trying to get the right consistency with out the right balance of butter and vanilla.

I wanted to share how I make my basic buttercream frosting at the site so that I can start to link some great recipes together.  In fact, check out my snowman cookies below.   It’s a great way to get started with this recipe….yummy, yummy!

Basic Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Vanilla buttercream frosting whipping in a kitchen aide electric mixer


  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (half cup), room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Add the confectioner's sugar, butter, milk and vanilla extract into a bowl. Whip with an electric mixer until it's light and fluffy.


NOTE: Butter must be room temperature.

Need a way to use your frosting?  Try my no bake snowman, super cute, super easy snowman cookies!  These cookies are great for playdates, the holidays or simple winter fun.  If you leave cookies out for Santa…these make a great Christmas Eve family activity that doesn’t require the oven.  (The cookie link is located under the picture.)

Snowman Cookies

Snowman Cookie Recipe Link

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