Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

| August 30, 2017 | 67 Comments

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe, step-by-step, as seen on Taste of
Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe, to make this easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Great for your favorite cakes, or your favorite cupcakes. We suggest your try it on our Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes. Printable recipe included.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, slider.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:  Recipe courtesy of our friends at OXO Good Grips.

Once again, I’m delighted an honored to work with our good friends at OXO Good Grips and their Cookies for Kids Cancer 50 State Challenge. This is their 4th year of participation, and my second year.

It’s all in support of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month for September. It helps support awareness and to raise funds to help develop new, and less toxic pediatric cancer treatments.

Bake sales, races, all types of fund raising events are held in all 50 states to support this cause. OXO has also agreed to donate $100.00 to Cookies for Kid’s Cancer based on my participation with this post. How cool is that?

OXO provided me with several tools to complete this recipe, and I’ll tell you more about them below.

One of those is the OXO Baker’s Decorating Tool with 6 Stainless Steel Tips. I was really looking forward to trying this out because I have ZERO skills when it comes to cake decorating. I’ll prove it to you further down as well. Smile

I’ve already posted a recipe for making the cupcakes that I decorated with this frosting. You’ll find it here on Taste of Southern by following this link: Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes

The Baker’s Decorating Tool contained a recipe book with a couple of frosting recipes. I decided to make their Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe here, which was developed in their Test Kitchen while they were working on the Decorating Tool itself.

You’ll find a good number of OXO tools in my kitchen. I use them daily, and love working with them. They’re all very well made, something you realize as soon as you hold them in your hand.

So, if you’re ready to “sweeten up your day”, then let’s get in the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, ingredients you'll need.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe. You’ll need these ingredients.

Please note. The recipe should be made with UNSALTED butter.  I discovered I didn’t have any unsalted butter when I started to make this recipe. It worked, but unsalted will be much better.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, add butter.
Place the room temperature butter in a large mixing bowl.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, beat until creamy.
Beat the butter on medium speed for several minutes, until it’s smooth and creamy.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, measure confectioners sugar.
Measure the confectioners’ sugar into a sifter.

I like to use my mama’s old sifter, but any type of sifter will work.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, sift the sugar.
Sifting the sugar will remove any lumps that may be in it.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, gradually add sugar.
Gradually add the sugar into the butter, beating on low speed with your mixer until it is well incorporated. Continue to add sugar until it’s all added in.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, add vanilla extract.
Add the vanilla extract.

I’m using clear vanilla here. It keeps the frosting looking whiter. Regular vanilla will work if you don’t have the clear.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, add salt.
Add the salt.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, beat for about three more minutes.
Increase the speed of the mixer to medium, and beat the frosting for about three more minutes.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, add coloring if desired.
Add food coloring if desired.

I’m going to make about three different colors of the frosting. Just remove a small amount and place in a separate bowl. Add drops of food coloring depending on how deep a color is desired.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, mix well.
Mix well.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, my oxo tools.
These are the tools that I received from our friends at OXO.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, 12-cup muffin pan.
OXO Non-Stick Pro 12 Cup Muffin Pan.

The Non-Stick Pro Muffin Pan features a unique micro-textured pattern that ensures even baking
and adds structural rigidity. It’s made with a ceramic-reinforced, two-layer, commercial-grade
coating that provides ultimate non-stick release and is scratch-, stain-, corrosion- and
abrasion resistant.

I really like the “heft” of this baking pan. You’ll notice that once you hold it.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, OXO Silicone Cups.
OXO Silicone Baking Cups, 12 pack

The BPA-free Baking Cups have handy tabs to help remove them from muffin tins without making a thumbprint, and the inside of each Cup is smooth and non-stick to release your treat easily.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, bake your cupcakes.
Of course, you’ll need some cupcakes to use with your frosting.

OXO suggests using a cooking spray to spray the bottoms of the silicone baking cups. The liners also have a FILL-LINE so you know just how much batter to use.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, baked cupcakes.
May I suggest you use my Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcake Recipe to make your cupcakes. I think you’ll like the rich chocolate taste with your Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.

I wanted to share my cupcakes, so I baked some in paper liners and some in the silicone liners.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, easy to remove.
You’ll love how easy the cupcakes are to remove from the silicone cups.

They’re easy to wash as well. You’ll never run out of cupcake liners again. Smile.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, OXO Bakers Decorating Tool.
OXO Bakers Decorating Tool

The easy-to-use, easy-to-fill Tool is designed to give you complete control while decorating. The unique trigger provides a smooth stream of icing for clean lines, and the comfortable handles ensure a steady grip and protect icing from warm hands.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, load the the frosting tool.
Use a spatula to load some of your frosting into the decorating tool. Pack it in to help prevent any air bubbles in the frosting when you use the tool.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, select the desired frosting tip.
Select your desired frosting tip. The kit comes with three small tips, two larger tips, and one filling injector. It has two couplers (the black part) to hold the tips on the end of the frosting tube. It’s all very easy to use, and it’s all dishwasher safe when you’re finished. Smile.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, decorate your cupcakes.
Just squeeze the handles and decorate your cupcake.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, add filling if desired.
The filling injector tip lets you add filling to your cupcakes if desired. Or, just add some extra vanilla buttercream to the inside of your cupcakes if you like a whole lot of frosting.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, cover the top.
Insert the filling in from the top, then cover the top with your buttercream frosting. The filling will be an added surprise when you bite into the cupcake. How sweet is that. (Sorry, pun intended).


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, enjoy.

Okay, I need some more practice with my decorating skills. I’m stepping out on a limb by showing you my beginning attempts here. Go ahead, laugh, I’m happy to make you smile today.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes, but just never have devoted the time to trying to learn. Maybe I can do that now.

I think getting the consistency of your frosting is one of the most important parts. Keep in mind that if your frosting is too thin, you can add more confectioners’ sugar. If it’s too dry, just add a little milk or perhaps even a drop or two of water.

I’d love to hear your comments on our Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe should you decide to try it. Or, share your cupcake memories with us in the Comments section below.

Thank You OXO, for adding several great new tools to my OXO kitchen collection. It’s always great fun working with you, and I look forward to doing it again… real soon.

Required Disclosures:

OXO Good Grips provided me with the tools mentioned above for testing and review. All comments are totally my own.

*This year, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies fund pediatric cancer research. Visit or for more information.


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Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, courtesy of OXO Good Grips, as seen on Taste of

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe, to make this easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Great for your favorite cakes, or your favorite cupcakes. We suggest your try it on our Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes.



  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups Confectioners’ Sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • Food Coloring (optional)


  1. Place butter in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix for several minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed.
  3. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating on low speed until sugar is well incorporated.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Add salt.
  6. Increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes.
  7. Add food coloring, if desired, after all ingredients have been incorporated.


This recipe is courtesy of OXO Good Grips, as developed in their Test Kitchen.

Keywords: Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe, OXO, Cake frostings,


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  1. Phyllis says:

    Chocolate frosting.

  2. AnnetteW. says:

    No frostings (so I can taste the cupcake) or a smear of cream cheese frosting. Less is more.

  3. Patricia Millen says:

    My favorite frosting is buttercream and it can be vanilla or any other flavor. Your cupcakes look great

  4. Clara Smith says:

    It has to be cream cheese frosting, with 7 minute frosting coming in a close second.

  5. I love chocolage fudge frosting!!!

  6. Cynthia says:

    I found a recipe for peanut butter frosting that I love with ANY cupcake. It’s so yummy. It would be great with these.

  7. BB Rhody says:

    Your cupcakes are perfect! You absolutely must try peanut butter buttercream on those chocolate cupcakes. Divine!

  8. Jim Hall says:

    Your cupcakes look delicious!
    I enjoy either a dark chocolate or a lemon buttercream frosting!

  9. Charlotte says:

    You did a great job. Buttercream is my favorite, it is so versatile. Just add a different extract and it’s orange or lemon. Add a little cocoa and you have chocolate icing. I have even added cherries and strawberries! I, too, love OXO, did you know many of their utensils have a lifetime warranty?

  10. Sarah McKim says:

    My favorite frosting is chocolate.

  11. Marilyn says:

    Is there any type of frosting besides chocolate?

  12. Alice says:

    My favorite frosting is cream cheese, but I may have to give your butter cream frosting a try. Think you did a great job decorating the cupcake with the new equipment. uV

  13. Laurell Newton says:

    Nothing beats a good Vanilla Buttercream frosting!

  14. Lisa says:

    I think the decorating looks great. I would love to try that tool!

  15. Jennifer Allen says:

    Cream cheese frosting. Baking in general is new to me and will be trying your Chocolate Sour Cream recipe. Love your bright colors!

  16. Sandy Embroli says:

    My favorite cupcake frosting is any type of chocolate!

  17. Terry McGoron says:

    Chocolate butter cream is my favorite.

  18. KarenO says:

    My favorite is maple buttercream frosting.
    (walnuts, butter, brown sugar, confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract).

  19. Shirley Nemeth says:

    What a pleasant surprise today when your second newsletter this week showed up in my inbox. Of course, I’ll miss it next Monday. I plan to make these cupcakes soon and put a frosting on them. However, I don’t intend to decorate them. And here’s why – many years ago, I took cake decorating lessons for six weeks. I bought all the necessary decorating equipment: bag, tips, turntables, etc. Sadly, I was no more proficient at the end of the six weeks than I was at the beginning. I couldn’t even bake the layers to look pretty. They were lopsided if you know what I mean. So I gave away all my equipment and decided to find a new hobby. I must say some of the others in the class with me had much better results. Theirs looked professional compared to mine. Yours look very good for a beginner. 4

  20. Beverly Jenkins says:

    My favorite frosting is anything with chocolate. Thanks for the great recipes and the step by step pictures.

  21. Josie says:

    Not really a frosting kind of girl. If I decide to add any it would just be a shake of confectioner sugar on top. Or I’ll mix it with a little milk to make a simple glaze.

  22. Robin Lasley says:

    Toss up between Coconut Pecan and Seven Minute Frostings.

  23. Gina says:

    I think you did a pretty good job of decorating those cupcakes, especially for a beginner. They look good to me!
    My favorite flavor of cupcake frosting is chocolate buttercream. Would you happen to have a recipe for that handy?
    Enjoyed both of your newsletters this week. I hope you have an enjoyable holiday weekend. God bless.

  24. Brad Corn says:

    Cream Cheese Buttercream icing

  25. Autumn Arthur says:

    I love buttercream the best!

    Now I may have to try making it myself!

  26. Martha Crist says:

    peanut butter cream cheese frosting

  27. Kathleen says:

    My favorite frosting is definitely cream cheese!

  28. Mary Cook says:

    Buttercream is the best frosting in my book! Other frostings I will try,but I find Buttercream easy to work with,never boring as you can vary the flavor easily, and the final product results in a lovely crowning presentation no matter what it adorns. I know your cupcakes will be delicious-the very picture makes the mouth water in anticipation of the first taste!

  29. nora says:

    my favorite is seven minute frosting

  30. Kathryn says:

    I love, love buttercream frosting especially on brownie cupcakes. Yum

  31. Katherine Whalen says:

    I am an addict to cream cheese frosting. It may have something to do with my addiction to carrot cake (cupcakes).

  32. Hope Hill says:

    Hi from Houston! Survived flood well so far but trapped without transportation. Still have electricity so lots of time to catch up in cooking. Cupcake recipe sounds divine and will definitely try. My favorite frosting is cream cheese (like that it is not as sweet as some). I admire your frosting efforts (better than mine I must admit). Enjoy your blog so much,brightens my day especially this week. Everyone be blessed and safe and happy baking!

  33. Marilyn says:

    My favorite frosting is chocolate, in any form. Like 7 minute vanilla too, my mom’s icing.

  34. Sue Vanhook says:

    My favorite frosting HAS to have cream cheese in it! Coming in second is ricotta.

  35. Karen White says:

    I love, love, love Vanilla Buttercream frosting!

  36. Mindy says:

    My favorite icing is chocolate buttercream. I could eat it by the bowl!

  37. Favorite icing was my mom’s double boiler vanilla icing, as not big on sweet things this icing was just my style whipped creamy and not too sweet. Mom always made this icing with a chocolate mayonnaise cake for me for my birthday. Sometimes she would make me my second dessert banana cream pie oh how I miss my dear sweet mom and all her smiles hugs kisses and homemade foods…love you Mother, miss you and Daddy!

  38. Motheroflittle says:

    I think your cupcakes are beautiful! Back in the day(1964) my older sister was supposed to take cupcakes to school but she told Mom the night before. Mom stayed up half the night making them for her. Lovely chocolate cakes with white icing. She made it to the school with two dozen little cakes on a platter. As she got to the school steps she slipped. You know back then the ladies all wore heels and gloves. She fell down, ripped her stockings but held that cupcake plate up over her head to keep from dropping them. Not a single cake got injured. She loved to tell that story every time she made cupcakes.

  39. David says:

    My favorite frosting for cupcakes would be American Buttercream or Ermine depending on what taste or texture I wanted. Both hold up better on a warm day than most other types. American Buttercream is thicker and sweeter than the Ermine frosting and would be better for decorations.

  40. Karen Miller says:

    My favorite frosting is seven minute; especially on a chocolate cake or a coconut cake. Yum!

  41. Dianne M says:

    Your cupcake decorating skills aren’t bad at all! I think my favorite frosting has to be cream cheese frosting, but I also really like vanilla buttercream.

  42. Dave says:

    I think the frosting looks great…way better than I would do. My favorite icing is cream cheese.

  43. Gudie S. says:

    My favorite frosting is cream cheese frosting..

  44. Leigh Anne Ellis says:

    My favorite is lemon buttercream!

  45. Anita says:

    My favorite is cream cheese frosting.
    I think your cupcakes are beautiful!

  46. Elizabeth Ferguson says:

    I like your frosting skills. The cupcake in the middle looks like it has blue spiked hair! Love it:) I’ve got to make these cupcakes ASAP. Thanks so much.

  47. Alicia L Day says:

    My favorite frosting is chocolate.

  48. Dora says:

    Buttercream is my favorite, now I know what I’m making this weekend,thanks for cupcake recipe.

  49. Bill Blake says:

    I’m love any type of frosting but if I had to choose a favorite I’d go with cream cheese!!

  50. Annalee Buschbacher says:

    Thank you Steve! Are you reading my mind? I have been looking all for the perfect buttercream recipe. I want to make my Grandma’s Hungarian Coffee Torte. She used this recipe bit made it coffee/chocolate. Had it for every birthday growing up. So blessed to have the ‘real deal’ recipe again.
    Many thanks!& blessings to you!!! Annalee—

  51. Sharon B. says:

    I love buttercream frosting. Chocolate buttercream is my favorite. Pretty fancy decorating! 🙂

  52. Joan Graef says:

    My favorite frosting is lemon.

  53. Gigi says:

    Hi Steve, I’ve been using a buttercream icing for years. It’s almost the same as yours only I don’t add salt, but I do add 2Tbl of milk to make it spread easier on a cake. Love your decorating technique! Keep practicing, you’ll get better. lol

  54. Karen M. says:

    My favorite frosting is the coconut pecan that goes on German Chocolate cake.

  55. jo says:

    My favorite frosting is chocolate, always. And I think your decorating skills are superb. (smile)

  56. Mary says:

    Cake decorating is not an easy job…..for me! I’ll have to check into the decorator set you received, it looks as if it makes the job easier. Your frosting recipe is the frosting I first learned to make. It is still a winner. Thanks.

  57. Chocolate buttercream is my favorite frosting.

  58. Joyce Moore says:

    Any kind of chocolate.

  59. Jennifer Cone says:

    Vanilla Buttercream

  60. Angela James says:

    I like “Salted Caramel Buttercream frosting”..Awe I love the cups they are just too cute, you done a great with what you had..I will be getting those silicone baking cups..

  61. Elaine says:

    My favorite cupcake frosting is seven minute frosting…yummy, takes me back to my
    childhood. Mom would make chocolate mayonnaise cake cupcakes with seven
    Minute frosting. She’d tint the frosting pink on Valentine’s Day.

  62. JoyceB says:

    Vanilla Buttercream is my absolutely favorite cupcake frosting. Although l have never frosted chocolate cakes or cupcakes with any other but chocolate frosting. I m going to try these as shown this weekend. Thanks Steve. Love your recipes.

  63. Elsa Nystrom says:

    Not much of a cake decorator either. I have used a similar recipe for years and it is our family favorite. If you only have salted butter, reduce salt in recipe or leave it out.
    Georgia Rambler

  64. Fawn Bowden says:

    My favorite frosting is cream cheese!

  65. Rich Marchant says:

    My favorite frosting is a cream cheese frosting

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