Vanilla buttercream from scratch -Without Cream- In 10 Minutes

Vanilla buttercream
Vanilla buttercream

Vanilla buttercream is used for almost any cake or cupcake, either to sandwich the cakes together or to decorate them. There are a few reasons why many find it hard to get the vanilla buttercream recipe correct without splitting.

Why does a Vanilla Buttercream frosting split?

Make sure all ingredients are either in room temperature or in the fridge; The only reason you will need to leave ingredients at room temperature is that the butter needs to be soft. I use spreadable butter which is already soft so I don’t leave my butter out to soften, I use it directly from the fridge.

if you add too much liquid

Don’t overbeat the mixture after adding the milk. it would need a maximum 30 seconds of mixing after the milk is incorporated.

if your butter is too melted it will instantly split the mixture.

Can I use low fat or skim milk instead of full cream milk?

The easiest answer is no. Because when you add in skim milk or low-fat milk, the fat content is not sufficient to hold the buttercream together. Therefore always use full cream to avoid splitting.

In what recipes can I use buttercream frosting?

Vanilla cakes
Vanilla cupcakes
Ribbon cake (click here to get my best ribbon cake recipe)

You can also check my other dessert recipes

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Vanilla buttercream

Vanilla buttercream from scratch -Without Cream- In 10 Minutes

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Easy Vanilla Buttercream for any cake or cupcake
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 8 people


  • Stand mixer or hand held cake mixer


  • 250 g Butter Soften, Unsalted
  • 500 g Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1 Tbsp Milk Fresh, fullcream


  • Add the softened butter to a bowl of a stand mixer or a handheld mixer with the whisk attachment.
  • Sift the icing sugar, directly onto the butter. Mix it well for 3 minutes in high speed until it is thick and creamy
  • Add in the vanilla essence and the milk.
    Beat it only for 30 seconds until incorporated
  • Use the buttercream to decorate your cakes/cupcakes


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