Vanilla Buttercream Recipes

Homemade frosting is the best! Our recipes will show you how to make light, fluffy, vanilla buttercream frosting to decorate your cakes and cupcakes.

Staff Picks

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.55 stars
Use this rich frosting to decorate Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes. This recipe comes from "More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen."

Basic Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.54 stars
Ask any pastry chef about frostings and they'll tell you that there's nothing like a good basic vanilla buttercream. This American-style vanilla buttercream from chef Billy Reece of Billy's Bakery in NYC requires just four ingredients and comes together in just about as many minutes. Smooth, fluffy, and creamy, it's ideal for all kinds of cakes, from cupcakes to multi-layered confections. 

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.51 stars
The delicious cream cheese buttercream frosting recipe is a great addition to Angie Dudley's Cupcake Pops.

Basic Buttercream

Rating: 3.43 stars
Easy to make, this sweet and basic buttercream recipe is the perfect topper to any birthday cake.

Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.37 stars
Use this vanilla Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting when making any of your favorite cupcakes.

Basic Buttercream

Rating: 3.41 stars
Everyone should have a buttercream recipe up their sleeve -- and a little extra to lick from the mixing bowl.

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Rating: 3.18 stars
Use this recipe from Vanilla Bake Shop to make its wonderful Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry.

Raven's-Nest Cake

Seeking a Halloween party dessert? Look no further than this moist buttermilk-chocolate cake frosted with vanilla buttercream. Revelers will rave about the decadent cake topper, which is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's infamous bird. To fashion the nest, pipe melted chocolate into a bowl of chilled vodka in overlapping rings—it will instantly harden—and then feather it with toasted cake crumbles (aka "dirt") and shiny candies.

Vanilla-Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.07 stars
This recipe for vanilla-buttercream frosting should be used on this delicious chocolate cake recipe.

Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.74 stars
The firm texture of this buttercream frosting helps to keep candy decorations in place.

Simple Buttercream

Rating: 3.54 stars

Vanilla Buttercream for Flower Cupcakes

Rating: 3.52 stars
Use paste or gel food coloring to tint buttercream; they provide intense hues and don't cause streaking or flaking.

Inspiration and Ideas

All-Natural Tinted Buttercream
Color us impressed. We've always wanted a natural way to tint frosting any shade, and new plant-based food dyes let us go Technicolor.