Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This "American-style buttercream" isn't a true buttercream, since it doesn't use egg whites. But it's a simple, basic frosting, good for spreading on cupcakes or in-the-pan cakes. It goes together quickly and spreads easily.

Our guarantee: This frosting will go together quickly and spread easily.

15 mins
20 mins
2 3/4 cups
Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


  1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, shortening, and salt till fluffy.

  2. Add about half the confectioners' sugar, and beat slowly until well blended.

  3. Add the vanilla and half the milk or cream, and beat until fluffy.

  4. Continue mixing in sugar and milk alternately until they've been completely incorporated.

  5. Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.

Tips from our Bakers

  • If you want some frosting left over to use in decorating, increase the ingredient amounts to: 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, approximately 6 cups confectioners' sugar, and up to 1/2 cup milk or cream.