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Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Vanilla bean buttercream frosting

This vanilla frosting recipe is so much better than your everyday vanilla frosting. Regular readers may know that I don’t typically like vanilla frosting. I typically make cream cheese frostings, mascarpone frostings, or glazes. However, this vanilla frosting recipe is an exception. It tastes just like melted vanilla ice cream. In fact, I used it on top of my pumpkin cup-pies (mini pumpkin pies) instead of ice cream.

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Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar (add more until it reaches your preferred consistency)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (add more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Mix together sugar and butter until they are blended and creamy.
  2. Add vanilla bean paste and milk and continue to beat for another minute.
  3. If desired, add more vanilla bean paste to taste, or more confectioners' sugar to make it stiffer.
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114 Responses to Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting Recipe

  1. LyB March 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm #

    Tastes just like melted vanilla ice cream is a HUGE selling point, I love vanilla! Looks delicious!

  2. Tempered Woman March 11, 2008 at 5:04 am #

    You do seem to love to taunt lately- what up with that?!?! ;-)
    What kind of butter did you end up using? I’ve found that with really good buttercream the vanilla and butter both make a huge difference.
    I LOVE the idea of pumpkin cuppies-yeah! cants.wait.2.Xcited.2.c.

  3. laura March 11, 2008 at 5:04 am #

    Yum! I’m the same as you… if I’m eating vanilla ice cream, you can be darn sure it’s vanilla bean! Cant wait for the pumpkin cupcakes (or pies?). :)

  4. Brilynn March 11, 2008 at 6:03 am #

    I think I want to smear that on everything and anything!

  5. Stef March 11, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    Lyb – It was!!

    Laura – Putting the finishing touches on the post and it will be here soon.

    TW – Interesting question about the butter. I typically use the Whole Foods house brand of organic butter. I know slow foods is having a butter tasting coming up. I’m looking forward to trying out some new butters. As for the teasing, the good news is that you get to hear from me more often instead of just once a week when I have a new cupcake.

    Brylynn – Hah! Hot dog with vanilla bean frosting! Chicken dinner with vanilla bean frosting. Why not. :)

  6. Ryley March 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    I totally need some of that paste.. I just wish I knew where to find it here!!!

    • Yaneri August 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

      oh you have to buy this vanilla paste………..so much better than extracts!!! Look for it at Amazon!!

  7. jezebel March 11, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    sounds amazing! i have a gift card to williams sonoma (and it’s not enough to buy a nice pan or anything) so tomorrow i’m going to see if i can find vanilla bean paste.

    how many cupcakes can one frost with this recipe?

  8. ley March 12, 2008 at 6:48 am #

    Does vanilla bean paste have a similar, like, potency as vanilla extract? Or is it another taste class all its own? Because…I don’t know that I could find it down here in the mountains. lol. I’ve been wanting to make a strong vanilla frosting for a while, though…this could be it for me!

  9. Stef March 12, 2008 at 7:01 am #

    Ryley – If you can’t find it near you, you can always buy it online. I end up buying lots of supplies online. I’ve got the link in the post.

    Jezebel – That’s a hard question because I don’t know how much frosting you like on your cupcakes. If you want a big whopping swirl of it, I would say that it would take at least double this amount to frost 12 cupcakes. However, if you are just going to lightly cover your cupcakes, this recipe should do.

    Ley – Yes! It’s got a very strong vanilla flavor – after all it IS extract – it just has beans added to it. Also, you can always add more vanilla bean paste if you want it even stronger.

  10. Anonymous July 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm #

    This frosting was awsome!! I’m very picky about frosting and so is my hubby and we both loved it! I couldnt find the vanilla bean paste so i used one whole bean and 1 teaspoon of good vanilla extract. Thanks so much =)

  11. Stef July 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    Anon – Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m really picky about frosting too.

  12. Diva11 August 29, 2008 at 11:48 am #

    Trader Joe’s sells an amazing vanilla bean paste and the price is not bad

  13. Tab October 28, 2008 at 11:56 am #

    I honestly don’t like any frosting…. at least I didn’t until I had this one. I adore it! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  14. Cupcake Fairy November 18, 2008 at 9:23 pm #

    I see that anonymous added a bean + vanilla extract instead of the vbp… Do you think if I just added vanilla extract it would do? I’m having a Thanksgiving “pre-game” dinner w friends this week and I want to make the pumpkin cuppies with this buttercream but I don’t think that the vpb will get here on time! :(

  15. Stef November 19, 2008 at 6:04 am #

    Cupcake Fairy – You could just use vanilla extract, but it wouldn’t be as good. If you could get your hands on a vanilla bean that would be the next best thing to the paste. I’m sure it would be fine with vanilla extract, it just wouldn’t have the same punch.

  16. Anonymous December 16, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    for those who tried this recipe, is this sweet? i am looking for a buttercream frosting recipe that is not too sweet…i tried a lot of recipes and seems to always fail:( desperately looking for a moist vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream frosting that will suit my husband’s tastebuds….th
    thanks in advance..

    • Kayla April 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      A pinch of salt will cut down the sweetness.

  17. Anonymous December 21, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    I used seeds from 2 vanilla beans for this and it was amazing…I recommend doing this.
    -Jen Chasse

  18. Mermaid Sweets March 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    I love this frosting, it is my go-to vanilla frosting – just like ice cream. And it works with nucoa margarine for us lactose intolerant folks! Love the blog too. Just posted some of your frostings! Thanks much. =)

  19. Amber April 3, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    Amazing! I haven’t frosted with it yet, but have snuck a few tastes and this is great. I tripled the recipe and just used one bean, which worked for me. Thanks!

  20. ivy April 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    hi….I really wanted to try this ice cream like frostings..just a question before i attempt it.
    can this frosting be made in advance and refreigerate?As i was thinking of making it a day in advance and chill them.

    Thank you!

  21. Stef April 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    Ivy – That shouldn’t be a problem at all. I’ve even frozen it.

  22. ivy April 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    hi stef,

    How abt if i flavour it with chocolate,jams or jellies?will it turn out right?

    If i add food colouring…will it be ok?

  23. Stef April 19, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    Food coloring will be fine. As for jams and jellies – that will change the consistency of the frosting. It will probably still taste good though.

  24. ivy April 20, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    Thanks alot steph!

  25. Anonymous September 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    So im not sure how much extra powdered sugar I need to add because I want it to be fluffy and for some reason it isnt fluffy ? How do I get it fluffy. other than that i love the idea . i couldnt find the vanilla bean paste but I can imagine that it tastes delicious ~

  26. Stef September 20, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    Anon – I’m not sure what you mean by fluffy. It pipes well without adding too much sugar, but perhaps it is never what you would think of as fluffy.

  27. Wilene February 8, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    finally got around to posting/making the vanilla bean buttercream frosting, im also like you and dont normally like buttercream frostings but to say this is the best buttercream frosting i have made/eaten the vanilla bean paste made a HUGE difference and it was SO pretty with the specks of vanilla bean so glad i listened to you and bought the vanilla paste and made this frosting! btw my daughter 2 1/2 begged to lick the bowl LOL

  28. Corinne March 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    This is the best vanilla frosting ever. Buy the vanilla bean paste, it’s worth it for the taste and the compliments. Unprompted, most say “This tastes like vanilla ice cream!” and “I didn’t think I liked vanilla frosting until now.”

  29. HealthJunkie April 15, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    I love this recipe. I make in in my KitchenAid Mixer all the time, and it goes on ANYTHING!

  30. AliMomma8 June 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    I tripled the recipe to ice 24 cupcakes & it was the perfect amount. I didn’t have vanilla bean paste, but I did have extract & vanilla beans. I used 3 tsp extract & the seeds from 2 whole vanilla beans. I also measured out my milk & let the vanilla bean skins soak in the milk before I added it to the butter & sugar. I used unsalted sweet cream butter & added a pinch of salt to the frosting while mixing. I used a piping bag & 1M tip and it piped wonderfully. My hubby & 2 boys LOVED it! Thanks!

  31. Beale's Kitchen June 13, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Thanks for the recipe :) I heard about vanilla bean the other day and I think I might have to invest!

  32. Erin August 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Thanks sooo much for this recipe! It is AMAZING!! I’ve made it a handful of times now and I’ve converted buttercream haters into buttercream lovers! This is now the only buttercream recipe I use!

  33. tarann August 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    This icing was AWESOME and so easy to make. I really enjoyed it.

  34. romygirl September 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    What a wonderful icing! Easy to make and easier to eat! wow! Thanks!

  35. Christie September 23, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I know I’m going to sound like a newb (can’t help what you are lol), but did you use unsalted butter in this recipe? I’m making a chocolate cake that calls for 1 cup of coffee, so I think this buttercream would go really well with it. I, too, am not a huge fan of buttercream as I find it to be too sweet. Thanks in adanced!

  36. Stef September 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Christie – Don’t worry about asking anything. I always bake with unsalted butter.

  37. Anonymous October 9, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Has anybody tried adding a touch of cinnamon to this frosting? I’m wanting to use it on my apple pie cupcakes :)

  38. Sugar and Spice December 30, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    I am eager to use this frosting on my Husband’s birthday cupcakes! Can I get some feedback on how everyone thinks it might taste on Spice Cupcakes (I mean the spice cake flavor that you can purchase in a box)? I know that usually a cream cheese frosting is used on spice cake and wondered if this would be ok instead. Thanks!

  39. Stef December 30, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Anon – Oops. Sorry I missed your comment from Oct. Cinnamon goes really well in this frosting.

    Sugar and Spice – You could definitely use this with a spice cake. It would be great!

  40. Sugar and Spice December 30, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Fantastic – thanks for the response and Happy Baking!

  41. Sugar and Spice January 3, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Stef – I tried this frosting with the spice cupcakes and added a little cinnamon to the frosting as well to tie it in, I then used a little raw sugar mixed with a bit of cinnamon as homemade dusting sugar to decorate and they were a huge success – my husband said they were the best he’d ever had!!! Thanks for suggesting the vanilla bean paste! I even added it to my pancake batter and made vanilla bean pancakes the next day and they were a big hit too!

  42. Mimi January 27, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    Hi Stef! I would love to make this buttercream, but do you think it would taste alright if I used vanilla essence? Most of the vanilla bean pastes contain alcohol, and I’m a Muslim, so that’s a no-no. And vanilla beans are hard to come by in my neck of the woods.

    • rei January 17, 2014 at 7:33 am #

      Hi Mimi. I’m a Muslim too and I just bought Nielsen Massey vanilla bean paste and I can assure you it is 100% halal. It doesn’t contain alcohol and the thickener is made from all natural plant. Alcohol base vanillas are from pure vanilla extract and you also have to be careful with some vanilla bean pastes as it could be mixed with glycerin (it’s from animal source unless stated as vegetable glycerin). The one that I use, well, there’s nothing to worry about.

      Also, I have to say this, vanilla essence is rubbish. You will not get the same result at all! Please try this vanilla bean paste from Nielsen Massey. So addictive and so good that words can’t even describe!

  43. Stef January 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Mimi – It won’t be quite as good, but it should work. You might need to add more than the recipe calls for. Just taste it as you go and keep adding more essence until it’s as strong as you like.

  44. Lori P February 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I was wondering if anyone knows (this might b a silly question, but!)if you don’t have powdered sugar (confectioners sugar) can I use regular sugar than just grind until it gets to be powder looking?
    If anyone can answer this I would really appreciate it!
    Lori P.;)

  45. Kris February 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    I’ve been using this frosting recipe almost exclusively for the past (almost) 3 years. Thanks so much for posting it! My now 17 year old daughter is always volunteering to bake cupcakes for school bake sales, and every single time she says, “Hey Mom! Can we make that vanilla ice cream frosting?!” So, another generation using this fantastic recipe!

  46. Anonymous March 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I found the paste at New Season’s Market.

  47. Anonymous March 23, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    I looooove you and I now love love love vanilla frosting! I dashed out to W.S and bought 3, yes 3 bottles of the vanilla bean paste. I’m not sorry at all, it’s amazing stuff. You said it tastes like vanilla ice cream….. and it sure does, just like Breyers. I couldn’t stop eating it. Thanks for a great recipe!!!

  48. Mimi April 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    I made this last week, but I found it to be extremely sweet. I used vanilla essence and 2 vanilla beans instead of the vanilla paste. Should I cut down on the powdered sugar? But what if I want to pipe it?

  49. Stef April 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Mimi – Buttercream frosting is always very sweet. You won’t be able to pipe it if you add less powdered sugar. Have you tried cream cheese frosting? I find that to be less sweet and even better than buttercream.

  50. Baka June 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    This is my new go-to buttercream recipe. I found vanilla paste at the store recently. It’s so good I could almost eat a spoonful by itself! Great recipes, thank you for existing!

  51. DJ! June 23, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    I;m trying this right now, I can’t wait!

  52. Becca Leigh July 17, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    I took a trip out to William and Sanoma for the vanilla bean paste and it was worth it! I’ve made this 3 times already (in less than 2 weeks) and it has been a huge hit! I’ve even passed the recipe on to several admirers. This will definitely be my go-to icing from now on. Thanks!

    I made this cake and smothered it with the vanilla bean icing: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emily-weaver-brown/4827840735/

    After 4 1/2 hours of labor, my version of this cake didn’t look as nice, but it was extremely delicious thanks to the icing!

    • Aneira April 21, 2013 at 2:24 am #

      Hi, don’t buy that overpriced stuff at William and Sanoma. You can get the same brand in 2 1 gallon containers on ebay for 65 dollars flat and free shipping. It’s very worth it.

  53. paola September 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Fantastic recipe! I got the paste from Williams Sonoma for $10 and it was definitely worth it. My whole family loved it, and most of us never like typical buttercreams. Thank you!

  54. Shelli October 28, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I just made this frosting last night and it was AHHHMAZING! Probably the best vanilla buttercream I have ever tried!

  55. Anonymous December 4, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    it’s the BEST vanilla buttercream i have tried ( i don’t really like buttercream at all)
    one question: how long can this be stored in the fridge?

  56. Stef December 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Anon – Great question. I would say about 3 days, but I don’t know for sure.

  57. pandesmom December 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    can I adapt this at all with ground vanilla bean?

  58. Anonymous December 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi All,

    Not sure if Sur La Table is a store only found in the Midwest but just wanted to give the heads up that this store is awesome! and they sell vanilla bean paste. Wishing everyone a happy and safe new year

    -Ebony

  59. Anonymous December 27, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Just made this and it was awesome, thanks!! :)

  60. CooknTeach December 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Would it work to add rum? I want to spike my frosting for New Year’s Eve :) . Also, I have another recipe that uses egg whites and granulated sugar. What difference would that make on the outcome of the frosting?

  61. Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I would suggest always using salted butter for buttercream recipes. It really makes the recipe pop (in a good way) and makes the vanilla taste more vanilla-y.

  62. Michelle February 11, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    I agree that salt brings out the vanilla flavor, but I never use salted butter. Salted butter can go rancid, and the salt can mask the off flavor. In addition, I prefer to control the amount of salt that I use, so I just use unsalted butter and add a bit of salt to adjust the flavoring – it always works perfectly!

  63. Unknown February 11, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    I never thought I would like buttercream frosting! I guess I was scarred by the grocery store frosting that was overly sweet and disgusting.

    This recipe is amazing! I now have a new found love for buttercream, and the vanilla paste works wonders. It definitely tastes like melted vanilla ice cream.

  64. Anonymous February 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I’m not a huge buttercream fan either, but omg this vanilla bean recipe is perfect. I used it as a topping with your perfect vanilla cupcake (PERFECt consistency and flavor) they paired together perfectly. I will never use any other recipe for vanilla cupcakes and vanilla buttercream! Not too sweet, just perfect. And I shall forever use vanilla bean paste!!!

  65. Anonymous March 5, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Hello,
    Do you think doubling up on the bean paste and mixing the frosting with mascarpone will dilute the sweetness of the frosting? Not too fond of overly-sweet frosting. I’m planning in making this frosting for my daughter’s coffee concert.
    Thank you!
    Ann

    • Stef March 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      You may want to try my vanilla bean cream cheese frosting (1/4 C butter, 8 oz cream cheese, vanilla bean paste to taste, powdered sugar until it’s as stiff as you like – if you don’t like sweet frostings, put only as much as need to make it pipable).

  66. Amber March 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I’m making a Bailey’s and chocolate cake for St. Patty’s Day. I have vanilla beans on hand, but not extract (or paste for that matter, but that is on my list for my next trip to Trader Joe’s)…and of course I’ll be coloring it green. :)

  67. paula March 20, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Hi! I really want to try making these! vanilla vanilla are my favs! I am from spain so it’s not so easy for me to find all the ingredients. What is the difference between pure vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste? I already have vanilla beans so can I use just one of the other two for both the cake and the buttercream? Or should i use the extract for the cake and the bean paste for the icing as you wrote?
    Thanks!!

    • Stef March 21, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      You can use extract and beans in the both the cake and the frosting. The paste is essentially vanilla extract plus beans.

  68. Anonymous April 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Hi, I just wanted to post this link for people having trouble finding vanilla bean paste like I am. I havent tried this yet, but its a recipe on how to make your own. It require 4 vanilla beans and some corn syrup. Hope it helps! http://www.ehow.com/how_5472053_make-vanilla-paste.html

    • Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      William Sonoma sells it

  69. Anonymous May 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I’ve found great vanilla bean paste(Nielsen-Massey)for about $6-7 bucks at many of my local TJMaxx/Home Goods and stores of that sort. Just make sure you check expiration dates and you should be good to go!

  70. Anonymous July 10, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Does this frosting come out white, or does it have that off white color? I am thinking about doing this frosting for a bride, but she really doesn’t like buttercream.

  71. mtsnyder July 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Anonymous- It’s definitely off-white! It’s so good though that I could care less :)

  72. Natalie Jones August 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    I grew up in the UK with exactly this buttercream frosting. Well, not quite exactly, we used vanilla essence at the time. However every British mum used this, on top of tiny sponge cakes (we called them fairy cakes) made to a Victoria Sponge recipe or Pound Cake as you guys know it. So often I read American recipes that use shortening(!) or other fats to make buttercream. The reason we called it buttercream is because it’s made with butter and you use it like cream. Something odd occurred to baking on the Mayflower maybe? It’s really nice to see you enjoying and sharing something that I’ve known about for nigh on 50 years. :) I still use normal buttercream and Victoria sponge as the base for a lot of my cakes, simply because it always works, it always tastes great with real butter in it, and people always come back for more. :) Oddly enough, people even prefer it to things like red velvets! Maybe because it is the taste of their childhood, too.

  73. Natalie Jones August 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Btw – excellent on line source for all Vanilla products, including a 10 x strength alcohol free version, is Vanilla Mart. They sell world wide. https://www.vanillamart.co.uk They do a variety of vanillas and produce pastes, extracts and powders from many of them. I’ve used their products exclusively for a long time.

  74. Lauren September 13, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    If I’m going to use vanilla beans and extract, how much of each do you suggest?

  75. ursula September 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    is it supposed to be grainy? 8′ve tried making this recipe and it doesn’t come out smooth…

  76. Zurex Fontanilla September 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    This frosting tastes like it’s made from heaven!!! Thanks and I can’t wait to make the chocolate cream cheese frosting next time.

  77. Kirsty November 21, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    Hopefully this blog is still getting some traffic so you can all help me with my question! I want to make this for my wedding cake (rather than something with shortening and artificial products)- does anyone have any experience knowing how well it holds up out of the fridge, and also how far in advance it can me made? Thank you!! :)

    • Stef November 21, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      I find that it holds up really well for days. But, I would be cautious of using it if your wedding is outdoors and it’s going to be hot.

  78. Zar February 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Is it supposed to be white? oooor another color? :S

  79. Suz February 23, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    How many cupcakes can this recipe be used for? I don’t see the info anywhere

  80. Anonymous February 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    This looks delicious! I’m planning on making an ice cream cake with 2 9″x13″ cakes (stacked on top of each other) + 3 layers of ice cream in between. Do you have an estimate of how many recipes of this frosting I will need to frost the entire cake? Even a ballpark would be great, because I have no idea!

  81. SaraJ March 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Has anyone frosted a layered cake (like two tiers) and then put fondant decorations on it? I just wondering how it holds up? or does it stay soft/stick or crust over at all?

  82. Bronwen June 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    I personally found the recipe needed salt and added a pinch but I think it would be just as simple to use regular salted butter instead of the unsalted type.

    I personally have never really been a fan of butter cream frosting’s as I find them too sweet unless you are pairing them with some something not very sugary. For this reason I decided to add some cream cheese. I didn’t use an exact measurement but it does make the frosting softer so play with it and be careful to find the balance between soft and far too runny.

    Also note that frosting with cream cheese will need to be refrigerated. I would take the cake out aprox 30min prior to serving so as to not serve it fridge cold.

    Thanks for the recipe, I never would of thought of using vanilla bean paste. :) !

  83. AmiM July 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I love, love, LOVE this recipe. It is by far my favorite vanilla frosting, which I normally don’t like. I prefer chocolate, but for decorating my twin girls cupcakes, they prefer the vanilla. For those who don’t know where to buy vanilla bean paste…I got mine at Williams Sonoma. I also use it in my homemade syrup…mmmmmm….love that stuff!

  84. Vic September 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Does this icing crust a little bit? Im looking for a recipe that would be thick and can hold about 3-4 hours on a cupcake (roses) bouquet

  85. Jen January 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Does anyone know the yield of this recipe? Need it for 60 cupcakes. Thanks!

    • Noel January 19, 2014 at 11:52 am #

      The single stick of butter makes me think… 12-24 cupcakes? Does anyone know? (I cannot wait to try this frosting!)

      • Noel January 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

        Tried this frosting and LOVED it, as did my party guests!!! Thank you! Okay, so I doubled this recipe and it frosted 30 cupcakes. A word of warning to those using a hand-mixer: when initially beating the butter and powdered sugar together, the sugar goes everywhere! I think a larger-than-needed bowl might help. Bon appetit, everyone.

  86. Nikki June 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    I made these cupcakes today with the vanilla bean buttercream frosting…I think I am in cupcake heaven. They are moist, and they remind me of a good vanilla cake. Thank you for creating my new “go to” cupcake recipe.

    I encourage everyone to use good quality unsalted butter when making the frosting. I usually use a good European or Cabot brand butter. I don’t like vanilla paste, so I used vanilla bean seeds from the pods. Then I store the used pods in organic raw sugar for my use in tea (southerner girl) or other beverages that require sweeting.

  87. Julia July 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Olá, estou fazendo cup cakes para vendas na rua, sabe me dizer se essa é a melhor cobertura? gostaria de uma que fosse resistente ao calor pelo menos por algum tempo.

  88. Tom Da Baker July 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    I’ve never colored frosting with vanilla bean specks in it before, will they show through in the color also? Thanks in advance … The cupcake and the frosting tastes insane !!! I made a 9″ round, 6″ round cake for a 2 tier birthday cake and 2 dozen cupcakes they came out great texture and taste wise just need to ice the outside now

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  91. Holly October 3, 2014 at 12:05 am #

    This is my absolute favorite frosting! It tastes exactly like melted vanilla ice cream. I have only made it with pure vanilla extract, as I have never bought the vanilla bean paste. I plan to try that eventually though. :)

  92. Elizabeth October 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Looking for some advice on perfecting buttercream. I always use Vanilla Bean Paste and it makes a huge difference. The problem is twofold. I don’t care for super sweet frosting and I also seem to still be able to taste butter anytime I try to make a buttercream. It tastes to me as if the PS and butter do not combine and the texture is off. I do not have a stand mixer and am using a hand mixer, could this be my issue?

    • Stef October 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

      Yes.. you will probably have to mix much longer than you think you do. Maybe even 5-7 minutes.

  93. Kaytea December 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    Yum! Totally tastes like melted ice cream even with out the vanilla paste. I couldn’t find the paste anywhere but thanks to those of you who shared how wonderful it is. I will try to acquire some in my future! ;) This frosting however turned out great with vanilla extract and a big pinch of vanilla power. Thank you!

    • Stef December 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      Glad you loved it! You’ve got to try it with the paste. You won’t regret it!

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