Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2019

Basic Vanilla Buttercream recipe

When you’re in need of a buttercream to fill or cover your bake, this basic vanilla buttercream recipe is what you’re after.

Whether you’re keeping the bake simple and elegant, or flavoured and jazzy, all buttercream bakes can typically all have one thing in common – a reliable basic vanilla buttercream recipe.

Our favourite comes from Britt Box of She Who Bakes, and Britt’s recipe can be found below.

basic vanilla buttercream recipe

Vanilla buttercream


  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 500 g icing sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Cream the butter on its own for a few minutes. Add in the sifted icing sugar and mix well.

  2. Finally, add in the vanilla extract and mix at a high speed until nice and creamy.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure to not add any other liquid to the buttercream, as it needs to remain firm.
  • If the buttercream is too firm, microwave it for a few seconds.
  • You can also make the buttercream in advance. Simply pop in a tupperware box, press down on the buttercream with a layer of clingfilm to prevent crusting, and keep in the fridge with a lid on. This will keep until the Best Before date on your butter. 

Find out how to create an ombre cake with this buttercream here, or find out how to make a naked cake using this recipe here.

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