Vanilla Bean Buttercream
This is my very favorite buttercream frosting! It’s perfect for crumbing and frosting cakes, piping on cupcakes, and just general spoon-licking. I like to use vanilla paste, because it’s just so easy! But you could also split a vanilla bean and scrape out the insides… you know, if you’re the over achieving type.
And on the flip side, feel free to just use an extract if that’s what you have on hand. Of course, the better quality the extract (or paste– seriously, buy some vanilla paste– life changing), the better tasting the frosting will be!
This frosting is so perfectly versatile and really very necessary for any baking repertoire. It takes on coloring really well (I always use gel colors). You can sub 1/4 cup cocoa powder for 1/4 cup of powdered sugar to make chocolate frosting. Or add 1/4 cup sprinkles for homemade Funfetti frosting. Add crushed Oreos for Cookies & Cream frosting… seriously, endless possibilities!
Homemade buttercream is so much better than canned frosting and comes together in just a few minutes, so there’s not reason not to make it!!