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Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Light and airy vanilla frosting that's perfect for cakes, cupcakes and more!
The fluffiest and creamiest vanilla frosting, piled on a cupcake
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4.84 from 18 votes


  • 4 cups powdered sugar (1 lb, 455 grams), sifted after measuring
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks, 226 grams), at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract , optional, but highly recommended!


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand-held mixer, mix all of the ingredients on low speed until it starts to come together.
  • Increase speed to high and beat for 4-5 minutes until frosting is fluffy, pausing once or twice to scrape the bowl down.
  • (Optional Step) The frosting will be very airy with lots of bubbles. To achieve a smooth frosting, beat it with a wooden spoon by hand for 2-3 minutes. This will push all of those air bubbles out.
  • Use frosting as desired to cover cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc. This is enough frosting for a double layer 8 or 9-inch cake, 2 dozen cupcakes, or 2 dozen 4-inch cookies.
  • Store frosting at room temperature for 1-2 days, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to several months.


Sodium: 58mg, Calcium: 16mg, Vitamin A: 1091IU, Sugar: 78g, Potassium: 17mg, Cholesterol: 95mg, Calories: 621kcal, Saturated Fat: 22g, Fat: 34g, Protein: 1g, Carbohydrates: 80g, Iron: 1mg
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