Vanilla American Buttercream


Also known as “country buttercream”, and “decorator’s buttercream”, this sweet and thick frosting is a cheaper and easier alternative to real buttercream.

1 cup butter, softened
2 lbs Icing (powdered) sugar
1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract (or other flavor)
1/4 cup Milk

Whip butter until smooth. Add Vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Slowly add powdered sugar a bit at a time, until incorporated completely. Beat on high for 1 minute – mixture will be very, very thick.

Lower mixer speed to lowest setting, and slowly add 1/2 of the milk. Once incorporated, check for consistency. Add more milk or sugar to achieve the consistency you want or need.

5 thoughts on “Vanilla American Buttercream

  1. I made this buttercream to do a frozen transfer. It’s really good. Used it to fill the cake too and people commented on how good it tasted. Plus, it uses less butter than normal so yes, cheaper! 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Hello,
    I am planning to make this icing to go along with your Tiger Tail cake recipe and just wanted to confirm that the amount of icing sugar is 2 lbs and not 2 cups. Seemed like a lot of icing sugar at first glance. Can anyone confirm?
    All the best.

  3. Can I use this same buttercream recipe to fully decorate a cake and then freeze it for a later date? I am scared that all the decorations will run into each other. I am going out of town but promised my friend I will make her son a transformer cake.

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