Vanilla Buttercream (Basic Buttercream)

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Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
3 to 4 Tbsp. milk


1. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

2. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with 3 Tbsp. milk, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition.

3. If desired, beat in remaining 1 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until desired consistency.

February 2010
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