Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

For colored buttercream, stir in food coloring, drop by drop, until desired shade is achieved.

  • Yield: Makes 5 1/4 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Spring

Ingredients

  • 4 sticks (1 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Put butter in bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium; add sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well, about 5 minutes total. Add vanilla and salt. Raise speed to medium-high; beat until smooth, about 1 minute more.

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