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Vanilla Buttercream Recipe.
Homemade Buttercream

A simple and easy homemade buttercream recipe that can be modified and changed with great results!

Find a full tutorial here at Buttercream 101.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Vanilla Buttercream
  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup Vegetable Shortening, like Crisco
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼-1/3 cup heavy cream (you can add more or less to achieve your desired consistency. Make it stiffer to pipe roses and decorations, add more for optimal spreading consistency)
  1. In bowl of stand mixer beat together butter and shortening until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar until mixed in. Next slowly stream in heavy cream while mixing. Once all the heavy cream is added, turn mixer up and allow to mix for at least a minute.
  2. Store airtight in refrigerator for up to a week.
you can use 1 tsp of clear vanilla extract to keep the frosting very white.


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  29. Connie Kelly Reply

    What can I use in place of a paddle attachment?

    • Shelly Reply

      You could use the whisk attachment.

  30. Kay Reply

    Thanks for sharing your buttercream recipe! If I wanted to make a chocolate buttercream frosting, how much cocoa powder should I add, and would I need to tweak anything else in your recipe? Thank you!!!!!

  31. madelyn Reply

    Hi, I subscribed a few days ago and have tried two of your recipes and they are great. I am trying to get your vanilla butter cream recipe but can’t. Can you please put the link for me? Thanks!

  32. Madelyn Reply

    Hi, is not working. I get the page that says vanilla buttercream and has the beautiful pic of a plate with different cupcakes. I scroll down and the it says 34 comments and the recipe is not there :( I’ve been able to see all the other recipes.

    • Shelly Reply

      That’s strange.. It shows up fine for me. Can you view it on your phone or tablet device instead?

      • Annie Reply

        It looks like there is a link but I can’t click on it :-(

        • Shelly Reply

          All fixed! Sorry about that!

  33. Annie Reply

    Ya I don’t see the recipe either. Just goes to comments.

    • Shelly Reply

      Sorry about that! All fixed!

  34. Kathy Reply

    Hi Shelly, I can’t get the link to work either :( I get the same message as Madelyn.

    • Shelly Reply

      Sorry! It’s all fixed!!

  35. Lindsey Reply

    I’m Having the same problem with the recipe not showing up…

    • Shelly Reply

      All fixed!

  36. Tammy Reply

    The Butter Cream recipe is not showing up for me either. Iv tried both desktop computer and my phone. Can you email it to me please?

    • Shelly Reply

      Hi! All fixed…not sure what was happening, but it’s there now!

      • Madelyn Reply

        Hi again! Yes the recipe is there now, thanks! Have a nice weekend :0)

  37. Michelle Reply

    Hi! it’s the first recipe with Crisco that i came across. I have tried pure buttercream several times and got grainy buttercream every time. it’s like the powdered sugar cannot dissolve properly no matter how long I beat the mixture. I sifted the powdered sugar with no avail. Will the crisco help? or will a dash of milk help dissolve the powdered sugar? Thanks in advance and I hope you can give me some tips! :)

    • Shelly Reply

      There is heavy cream in the recipe, which helps makes the frosting not stiff…Powdered sugar shouldn’t be grainy…that’s really strange! Did you try this recipe? It’s my favorite and I’ve never had grainy results.

  38. Judith Reply

    but there’s no call for vanilla‚Ķ.

    • Shelly Reply

      I find the recipe doesn’t need it, but feel free to use 1 tsp if desired!

  39. Kate Reply

    I was going to use this recipe for sugar cookies, do they need to be refrigerated? I’ve never used heavy cream before. Thank you!

    • Shelly Reply

      Nope! They will be fine at room temp!

  40. Julie Reply

    Could I use this recipe to make different colored buttercream frosting? How much coloring should I add to get an emerald green? Light blue? Yellow?

    • Shelly Reply

      Sure!! The amount honestly depends on the type of coloring. I recommend a gel coloring as opposed to the liquid drops!

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