Vanilla Buttercream

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

A ring of Vanilla Buttercream is piped around the layers of Ambrosia Coconut Cake and then spread over top and sides of cake.


This recipe goes with Ambrosia Coconut Cake

Yield: Makes 4 1/2 cups
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 20 Minutes
Total: 20 Minutes


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (2-lb.) package powdered sugar
  • 3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add vanilla and 1 cup powdered sugar. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar from package alternately with cream, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Beat at high speed until smooth.
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