Vanilla Bean Buttercream is so easy to make and goes well with every flavor of cake or cupcake! Make this at home and you will never buy it in any stores ever again!
Buttercream is my Everest! I have always enjoyed watching people frost cupcakes because I didn’t know how to frost very well. However, I had to learn how to frost because, with this recipe, I had to make Minnie Mouse Cupcakes with my friend Jak from the Vegetarian Baker on YouTube. I practiced on 30 cupcakes before I actually got the hang of it. Practice does make perfect, so for those of us who have trouble frosting, but want to be a great froster, the secret is just practice.
Tips on How to Make Vanilla Bean Buttercream:
- Use the finest ground powdered sugar to make the buttercream frosting silkier.
- Always sift your powdered sugar before mixing it to the butter.
- When you are using milk in your buttercream or cream itself, always add gradually because putting too much liquid will destroy the correct consistency of your frosting
How to Make Vanilla Bean Buttercream:
- powdered sugar
- vanilla extract
- milk (optional)
Use your favorite cupcake recipe and bake, as usual:
Put in cupcake liners and bake, as instructed. After baking it, let it cool while you start making your favorite buttercream frosting.
To make the Vanilla Bean Buttercream frosting, sift powdered sugar and set aside.
Then, in a stand mixer add butter and beat until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time:
Add vanilla extract and salt. If frosting is stiff add milk:
After you have achieved your desired color for your buttercream frosting, place it in a piping bag. Go ahead and pipe your cooled cupcakes as desired:
For this cupcake, I had a Minnie Mouse theme. I made cute fondant bows:
For the ears of Minnie Mouse, I used mini Oreos, like so:
Frequently Asked Questions for the Vanilla Bean Buttercream Recipe:
Q: What is the best butter to use for butter icing?
A: You can use either salted or unsalted butter for this recipe. It is best to use a high-quality butter that has a higher fat content and lower water content so that it will produce the best buttercream frosting.
Q: I made buttercream but it melted too quickly. What should I do?
A: Humidity has a lot to do with producing a great buttercream. Usually, in areas where it is hot or humid, buttercream frosting does not hold its shape greatly. After decorating, you should place it in the chiller and take them out when you are ready to serve.
Q: What is the best consistency for buttercream frosting when using it for cakes?
A: It is best to make medium consistency when decorating cakes or making cake borders. This consistency allows you to form easily any shape or border.
Q: Is powdered sugar the same with icing sugar?
A: Yes, icing and powdered sugar are the same. You can use both in the buttercream frosting.
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Vanilla Bean Buttercream
- 1 cup butter
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1-2 tablespoon milk optional
- Sift powdered sugar and set aside.
- In a stand mixer add butter and beat until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Add vanilla extract and salt. If frosting is stiff add milk.
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