A classic vanilla buttercream recipe is easy to master, and even better to have in your repertoire. It’s perfect for cakes and cupcakes, and is easily altered with new flavours and colours.
Kitchen tip: Gel food colouring goes a long way. Use toothpicks dipped into the gel to get a small amount. Build the colour(s) in your icing by adding a little bit of gel at a time.
Vanilla buttercream icing variations
Substitute 1/2 cup icing sugar for 1/2 cup cocoa. Continue with recipe.
Brown butter buttercream
Refrigerate brown butter until it has the texture of room temperature butter, about 20 min. Beat equal amounts Brown Butter and icing sugar, using an electric mixer, until buttercream is fluffy and pale.