Try my vanilla buttercream recipe that is perfect for coating, smoothing, and piping! This also serves as the base for many of my other frosting recipes.

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Behind every gorgeous cake is a strong frosting recipe.

But not too strong! It’s fluffy, and creamy, and rich, and sweet, but not-too-sweet. In this case, it’s vanilla buttercream.

The vanilla buttercream recipe I’m sharing here is the one I use most often. It pairs perfectly with My Perfect Vanilla Cake, and I use it as the base for most of my other frosting recipes.

As we scroll our way down the page to the recipe, I’ll share a few awesome tips to help you get super smooth and flawless buttercream!

1. Start with room temperature ingredients

The best way to ensure a smooth buttercream is to start with room temperature butter and cream. I like to leave my butter on the counter the night before I know I’ll be making frosting to ensure it’s nice and soft.

However, it doesn’t really take that long for butter to come to room temp. You can toss your butter on the counter about one hour before-hand and that should be plenty of time to warm up!

Also, go ahead and measure out your heavy cream and place it in a bowl or tupperware on the counter about 1 hour before making your frosting.

This will ensure the cold cream has plenty of time to come ro room temperature so it won’t shock the rest of the ingredients and cause chunking or curdling. Everything will stay nice and smooth!

2. Take your time

Don’t rush when you’re creaming together the butter and shortening. You don’t want to just throw the mixer on high for a few minutes and move on, or else you may end up with chunks of butter and shortening in your frosting!

I find that creaming the butter and shortening together on medium to medium-high for about 5 minutes, pausing to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mixing for another 5 minutes creates a perfectly smooth frosting base.

Don’t worry about whipping too many air bubbles into the frosting at this point, we’ll take care of those in the next tip!

3. Pop the bubbles

While air bubbles whipped into the frosting make the buttercream fluffy, but too many bubbles are problematic.

Maybe you’ve tried your hand at frosting a cake before, but couldn’t quite get those flawlessly smooth sides because of all the tiny air pockets!

To mitigate this issue, we’re going to stir the frosting while pressing and swiping it firmly against the sides of the bowl. It may take several minutes of stirring (and a few tired arms!) but it really does make all of the difference!

Eliminating the air pockets by stirring and pressing the frosting against the side of the bowl is the key to a smooth finish!

What goes perfectly with vanilla buttercream?

You guessed it! My PERFECT Vanilla Cake Recipe!

I’ve packaged my vanilla cake recipe into a beautiful step-by-step guide just for you! You can click here to get it now!


Vanilla Buttercream Recipe

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Fluffy, creamy, and perfectly smooth. This buttercream is perfect for stacking, filling, coating, and piping!

  • Author: Sydney Wilson | Wildflour Mama
  • Prep Time: 20 Min
  • Total Time: 20 Min
  • Yield: 7 Cups 1x
  • Category: Frosting



1 C. Unsalted butter

1 C. All-vegetable shortening

1/4 C. + 2 Tbsp Heavy whipping cream

7 1/2 C. (2 lb bag) Powdered sugar

1 Tbsp Pure vanilla extract

Pinch of salt


1. Cream together the butter and shortening on medium to medium-high for 5 minutes.

2. Pause mixing to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then resume mixing for another 5 minutes.

3. Very slowly add half of the powdered sugar while mixing on the lowest setting.

4. Add 1/4 C. heavy cream, vanilla, and pinch of salt and mix on low for 1 minute.

5. Very slowly add the remaining sugar and continue to mix on low.

6. Add 1-2 Tbsp of heavy cream to achieve desired consistency. I like my frosting to be on the softer side, so I go ahead and add two additional Tbsps.


This recipe yields just enough frosting to stack, fill, and cover and four layer 6″ cake. You may need to make additional frosting to add decorative piping and accents.

Keywords: Frosting, buttercream, vanilla buttercream, cake frosting, cake

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