Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, I spent my birthday at home by myself since California and much of the country were under a stay at home order. But I decided to go ahead and make my own birthday cake anyway. As a present to myself I bought a set of Russian piping tips and this is the recipe I used.”- April Ferre

Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Course: Dessert, Frostings & Fillings


  • 1 Cup Unsalted butter
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar Sifted
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream


  • In a mixer on medium speed, cream butter. Set mixer speed to slow and carefully add powdered sugar until fully incorporated with butter. Add vanilla, salt and heavy cream and beat on medium speed until whipped, fluffy and creamy in appearance. Makes approximately 2 1/2 Cups.
  • This recipe works well for decorative piping. If you want a thinner consistency to frost a cake, add 1 to 2 Tablespoons heavy cream.


For best results use unsalted butter, but if you only have salted butter, omit salt from recipe.

2020 Recipe – April Ferre – from