Hi Bold Bakers!
Nothing beats a good buttercream frosting recipe — it’s one that every baker should have in their back pocket. Here’s the thing, though, mine is so good that I just had to call it the Best-Ever. Just wait until you try it (I mean, just look at all those reviews)!
Working as a professional chef I have learned a lot of tips and tricks over the years. Now I’m going to show you a Bold Baking Basic recipe that I get the most requests for: How to Make the Best Ever Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. Watch my step-by-step video below and get all my best tips on how to make the icing (along with a complete recipe below!).
The Key To The Best-Ever Buttercream Frosting
How do you make fluffy buttercream icing? The secret ingredient in my buttercream frosting is time.
Most people whip their butter for a few minutes then start adding in sugar and expect a light and airy result, but it’s never achieved. This frosting recipe takes its literal sweet time to really incorporate as much air as possible into the butter. This means allowing your butter to whip to perfection for a full 7-8 minutes. Only then do I add in sifted powdered sugar one spoon-full at a time.
What You Need To Make Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
How to Make Buttercream Frosting
While this recipe takes a bit of patience, follow my steps and you will have the best buttercream frosting every time (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):
- Get Some Air: Use an electric stand mixer or hand mixer. For the stand mixer, use the whisk attachment because this will get all of the air into your frosting.
- Soft Butter is Everything: The most important thing that you need is to have soft butter. If you leave your butter out at room temperature for around three hours, it will be a lovely texture for you to start whipping. This is super important and the base of your frosting.
- Whip it Good: Turn your machine on a medium-high speed and beat the butter by itself for around eight minutes. Get your butter light and fluffy before you add in any sugar.
- Sift your Sugar: While the butter is whipping, sift your icing sugar (powdered sugar). It is really important to sift it because you want to get a lot of air in there and make sure there are no lumps. This will give you a lighter frosting as well.
- Spoonful by Spoonful: Once your butter is pale and light, add in your sugar spoonful by spoonful. Add in a spoonful, let it fully incorporate, and then add in your next one. Make sure your machine is on medium-high speed here because we want to incorporate all of the lovely air that is going to give us a soft, fluffy frosting.
- Finishing Touches: When all of your sugar is added in, add in vanilla extract and a little bit of milk. What that does is it just lightens up your frosting. Turn the machine back on high speed and let everything incorporate. In just a few minutes, you will have perfect, fluffy buttercream frosting.
Make Sure Your Frosting Is Stiff Enough
What do you do if you’ve followed my tips but you find your frosting just isn’t stiff enough? The first thing I’d suggest is to chill the buttercream frosting. By bringing down the temperature, the frosting should tighten up immediately.
This is a great trick for buttercream frosting that may have been overmixed or made at too warm a temperature. If this doesn’t seem to do the trick, try adding more sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons at a time. With just a few extra tablespoons of sugar, your frosting will transform and be so much easier to work with, saving you from wasting ingredients.
If Your Buttercream Frosting Is Too Thick
If your frosting feels too thick, there is no reason to start over from scratch on a new batch. Simply add milk 1 tablespoon at a time to your buttercream frosting until you reach your desired consistency. From there, simply pipe or frost as normal.
You’ll be surprised how little milk you actually need to fix this problem. This will not at all affect the flavor of your frosting, regardless of what is in it.
Can You Freeze Buttercream Frosting?
Yes! You can freeze it for up to 3 months, just make sure you pull it out and let it come to room temperature naturally before you use it.
Ways to Use Vanilla Buttercream Frosting & More Frosting Recipes
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Full (and printable) recipe below!
Watch The Recipe Video!