Friday, April 23, 2010

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

I have been looking for a vanilla frosting recipe for cupcakes that would make a pretty swirl. I recently made some strawberry cupcakes with a strawberry buttercream frosting. No matter how much powdered sugar I added to the frosting it was just too liquid-y. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious, but it melted right off the cupcakes. I only frosted a few of the cakes before I stopped and set out to find a stiffer buttercream. I went back to The Cupcake Project and tried out her 'favorite vanilla buttercream.' It is now MY favorite vanilla buttercream.

The only adaptation I made is to use the scraped seeds from two vanilla pods instead of the 2 tsp. of vanilla bean paste. (only because that's what I had on hand)

It was fantastic on the strawberry cupcakes. I've also used it on homemade oreos (will blog soon, I have to make them again because I didn't get pictures the first time), Sugar Cookie Bars (again, need to blog this one), and most recently, oatmeal cookie sandwiches.

For the Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches I used my usual recipe and baked the cookies for 12 minutes in my new fancy Whoopie Pie Pan. Once cooled, I filled with the vanilla bean butter cream. These sandwiches were so amazing, I kept one and immediately got rid of the rest because I knew I would have devoured them all.

Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tbsp milk

Mix butter and sugar til well combined. Add in vanilla and milk. Add more sugar to make the frosting stiffer, or milk to make it less stiff.


  1. YUM! That sounds like just what I (don't really) need right now. mmm I'm thinking that's on my 'definitely need to make' list for the weekend!

  2. I was randomly browsing your blog and I found that carrot cake recipe. I did that cake once before, but it stroke me - here in Brazil we have a very different concept of "carrot cake". It is usually with a lot of carrot and a chocolate frosting.

    I, personally, am not a huge fan of the traditional carrot cake with cinnamon and such, but the Brazilian carrot cake is MARVELLOUS. You should try it. If you'd like the recipe, please, let me know, I can send it to you!

  3. Bela - I would love to try the Brazilian recipe! You can email me at Thanks!!!