Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting could not be easier to make at home and it tastes great with any baked treat. Make it extra fun by adding sprinkles!

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Every time I see someone reach for a container of frosting in the baking aisle I want to dramatically scream, "NOOOOooooo!" Frosting is SO easy to make at home (I'm talking mere minutes!) and the homemade version is ten million times tastier than anything that comes from the shelf. I'm begging you to ban store-bought frosting and go homemade!

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is simple yet ridiculously tasty and it goes great spread on any kind of baked good. I cannot think of a single dessert I wouldn't love to slather it all over. I love adding sprinkles to my vanilla buttercream whenever I'm baking for kids and want to be a little extra fun.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

All you'll need are FOUR ingredients and they are likely already in your kitchen. Powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract and milk work together to make sure you don't need to buy frosting from the store! You can even make your own vanilla extract at home and avoid that section of the baking aisle, too.

Peruse my desserts section for baking ideas and if you're wanting to add a little flavor to your buttercream, consider making Lemon Buttercream or Caramel Buttercream or this to-die-for Peppermint Buttercream.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Buttercream is so easy to make at home and pairs well with every type of baked good!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Mar 13, 2018

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Serves: Enough to frost 2 9-inch cakes or 24 cupcakes

Total time: 10 min



  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl, mix (using whisk attachments) the butter with a hand-held or stand mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time until just combined. Add the milk and vanilla and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to spread on baked goods.