This recipe goes way back. This is my mom’s go-to vanilla buttercream recipe, and naturally, one of the first frostings I ever made myself. We love sweets in our family, from cookies to cake. I’ve kept that tradition alive in our household as well, even though it is just the two of us here and our chinchilla. I still ensure there is always something sweet on hand. I intended to make a cake this week and decided that Mom’s Simple Vanilla Buttercream was just what I needed to frost it with.
I am grateful to have grown up in a household with a mom who cooked and baked like a champion. She still does so too. There were and are always two types of cookies in the fridge and some kind of cookie bar or cake on hand as well. And let me tell you my mom makes the BEST cookies around. I’m sure you can easily see how my love for sweets came to be. As you may have seen in my “about me” I am a pastry school grad, so now I guess you can see why.
- Butter: This recipe calls for a small amount of butter because it makes a smaller batch. This recipe makes enough buttercream to cover the top of one 13 X 9-in cake. It is crucial that you allow your butter to soften when making buttercream, otherwise you will be left with chunks and poorly incorporated frosting.
- Confectioners’ Sugar (otherwise known as Powdered Sugar): It is important that you sift your powdered sugar prior to adding it to your whipped butter. Powdered sugar has the tendency to clump up, which leaves you will little pockets of unincorporated sugar in your frosting. This is very undesirable, as we want buttercream to be smooth and fluffy.
- Milk or Water: It is important to have some liquid component to balance the high ratio of confectioners’ sugar. In the case of this recipe, milk or water can be used alternatively. I personally used oat milk in my latest buttercream batch.
- Vanilla Extract: This recipe requires a full tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. This may sound like a lot, but it definitely adds to the overall flavor of the frosting. Feel free to substitute vanilla bean paste if you’ve got it.
I hope you enjoy this frosting as much as we do. Mom’s simple vanilla buttercream always brings back memories of childhood birthdays. I love it to this day as much as I did as a kiddo (probably more now honestly.) And granted that my birthday is next week, I want nothing more today than a slice of cake with mom’s buttercream slathered on top.
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Mom’s Simple Vanilla Buttercream
- In a mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter until light and fluffy.
- Alternately add the confectioners' sugar and milk (or water), scraping and mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and allow buttercream to whip for an additional 3-5 min, until fluffy.
- Use immediately.