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Nanny Burke's Buttercream

A Cape Breton grandmother's simple vanilla frosting recipe.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Baking
Keyword: vanilla frosting, vanilla buttercream, American-style frosting recipe


  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 cups icing sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • teaspoon salt


  • Place everything in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low until sugar and butter are combined. Increase speed of mixer and mix 2-3 minutes.


For firmer texture use 1 ½ cups butter and ½ cup shortening.
Halving the recipe also works and frosting freezes well.
Icing sugar is also called confectioner's sugar or powdered sugar.