Dessert

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM

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Ingredients

  • Makes 2.5 cups:
  • ​1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 4-5 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ​2-4 tablespoons milk

Instructions

1

This classic, All American vanilla buttercream can be transformed into so many colors and variations. Perfect for icing cakes and cupcakes.

2

​Beat butter and salt in a tabletop mixer with the whisk attachment until it is fluffy. 1-2 minutes.

3

​Add vanilla extract along with 2-3 cups of the sugar. Begin beating on very low speed (so that you don't end up wearing the sugar) and increase the speed as the sugar gets absorbed then add 1 more cup of sugar. Once the sugar is combined, beat on high speed about 3-5 minutes.

4

​Add about 2 tablespoons of milk and beat another few minutes until it is absorbed.

5

​At this point taste the buttercream. If you like a sweeter, stiffer buttercream add more sugar. You may thin it out more by adding more milk.

6

Use immediately. If not using right away, cover with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container or until ready to use.

7

Variations:

8

​Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract for almond buttercream.

9

​Add 1/2 cup of your favorite jam (raspberry, strawberry, apricot...) for a fruit flavored buttercream.

10

​Add 1/2 cup lemon curd for a lemon buttercream.

11

Have fun experimenting with your favorite flavors!

12

​Enjoy!

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