This Crusting Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe is my go-to for cakes, cupcakes, filling and decorating cakes. This is a large batch that holds up well in warm conditions, tastes amazing and pipes beautifully. Also, it can be stored up to 2 weeks when needed.
Crusting Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Over the years, I've made hundreds... no, thousands of batches of buttercream and this is by and far the one I make the most.
Actually, a few years ago my son started making it for me (yay for older kids)! He has the recipe memorized he's made it so often. Seriously - I've made it more than any other frosting ever. Even more than my super popular Cream Cheese Frosting.
And this is not a unique recipe. I probably originally got it from a Wilton magazine or a church cookbook back when I started doing cakes as a teenager. I've tweaked it a tiny bit over the years but not much.
The base recipe is pretty common and similar to other buttercream recipes. But nevertheless, I'll show you how I do it because I'm often asked.
So... here it is, my Crusting Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe. In some circles, this is also called American Buttercream, but there are variations of that too.
A few notes about this recipe:
- I make a huge quantity of frosting because I usually make large cakes and I need lots of frosting. This recipe has 4 pounds of powdered sugar, 2 cups of butter and yields 8 cups of buttercream.
- By mixing such a large quantity at once, the mixer blade is completely hidden in the frosting*, therefore not mixing in a lot of air. This keeps the frosting especially creamy and smooth for decorating. *this was true when I was using a 4.5 quart Kitchenaid. Of course, it may not be true depending on your mixer.
- This frosting will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
- You can cut the recipe in half or fourths easily for smaller batches.
- I find that about half a cup of milk yields the perfect consistency for frosting a cake.
- Yes, you can skip the shortening and use all butter but your frosting will not be as stable. The all-butter version is softer and melts easier. I share more about shortening vs. butter in this post.
Vanilla Buttercream Made in Bosch:
Anyway, the bottom line is, this is a classic, delicious Vanilla Buttercream recipe that you'll love and use over and over again.
If you're looking for other frosting recipes, please check out these popular recipes:
- Cream Cheese Buttercream
- Chocolate Buttercream
- Easy Strawberry Buttercream
- Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
- and check out my How to Frost a Cupcake Like a Pro video!
Here's the printable recipe: