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Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Made with only four ingredients, the creamiest and fluffiest Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is the perfect addition to your favorite cakes, cupcakes or sandwiched between cookies. This frosting is the ulitmate birthday cake frosting and can be made in under eight minutes!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 181kcal


  • 2 Cups Unsalted Butter room temperature
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 8 Cups Powdered Sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment combine butter, shortening and vanilla extract
  • Cream together until smooth
  • Slowly add powdered sugar and mix on low until combined
  • Speed up the mixer to medium-high until icing is thick and smooth
  • Store in airtight container until ready to use or store in the refrigerator


Room Temperature Ingredients-It is very important that the ingredients are room temperature before using. This will ensure that the frosting is smooth and creamy and does not have chunks of butter
Do Not Over Whip- Over mixing the vanilla buttercream will create air bubbles that are hard to get rid of and will show up when you are icing a cake. Once the frosting is fully combined and creamy, continue mixing with a spatula to avoid the bubbles.
Make Ahead-The vanilla buttercream frosting can be made in advance to save time on the day your need to ice and decorate your cake. If you make the frosting ahead, refrigerate it and then take it out about 30 minutes before you are going to use it to soften. 


Calories: 181kcal | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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