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: 3.5 stars 193
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: 3.5 stars 769
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. 

Basic Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 554
Easy to make, this sweet and basic buttercream recipe is the perfect topper to any birthday cake.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 306
The delicious cream cheese buttercream frosting recipe is a great addition to Angie Dudley's Cupcake Pops.

Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 242
Use this vanilla Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting when making any of your favorite cupcakes.

Basic Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 611
Everyone should have a buttercream recipe up their sleeve -- and a little extra to lick from the mixing bowl.

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Rating: 3 stars 130
Use this recipe from Vanilla Bake Shop to make its wonderful Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry.

Vanilla-Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 3 stars 167
This recipe for vanilla-buttercream frosting should be used on this delicious chocolate cake recipe.

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.

Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 27
The firm texture of this buttercream frosting helps to keep candy decorations in place.

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.

Simple Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 85
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Inspiration and Ideas

Sweet Revenge ''Pure'' Buttercream
Rating: Unrated 16
This recipe for delicious buttercream is courtesy of Marlo Scott of Sweet Revenge and should be paired with Sweet Revenge's "Pure" Cupcakes.
Vanilla Buttercream for Flower Cupcakes
Rating: 3.5 stars 21

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