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While this simple Vanilla Buttercream is the perfect frosting for crafting our Unicorn Cake (pictured above), it's also a fantastic go-to recipe for anytime you need to frost a cake. Layer cakes and cupcakes alike, this classic buttercream frosting will aways be a crowd-pleaser and makes for a great vanilla base when you plan to dress a cake up with additional garnishes, like fresh fruit or chocolate shavings. 

Recipe by Well Done May 2017


Credit:  Daniel Agee; Food Styling: Pam Lolley

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
Makes 5 cups


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  • Beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the milk until blended and smooth. If frosting is too thick, add remaining 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.