Vanilla American Buttercream

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 1/3 cups
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2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 cups confectioners' sugar (1-pound box) 

Pinch fine salt 

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Combine the butter, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or in a large bowl if using a handheld electric mixer). Mix on low speed until mostly incorporated. Add the vanilla, increase the speed to medium-high and mix until smooth. Adjust the consistency with milk as desired. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days. Allow to come to room temperature and mix on medium-high until smooth.