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Thick and Creamy Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

If you are looking for a thick and creamy homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, look no further! You will make this versatile frosting over and over again.

Have you ever made buttercream from scratch? It’s one of my all-time favorite things to do. I love it so much, in fact, that I can’t believe there are still people out there who haven’t tried making their own buttercream yet.

If you’ve ever made it before, you probably know just how easy it is to whip up a batch of vanilla buttercream frosting. And if you haven’t…well then it’s about time for your life to change forever!

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe (from scratch!)

There are so many different ways to use this recipe, but it’s generally used on cupcakes and cakes. It’s also great to use as a filling in between cake layers.

I am not a fan of the frosting that comes in a jar, so this is my favorite go-to recipe. I hope you love it as much as I do! This is especially great for layer cake. It will become one of your favorite frosting recipes. It can be a little intimidating but it’s worth it! You will taste the difference from the canned stuff immediately.

What Ingredients Do You Need?

1 cup of Crisco
1 cup of butter
6 cups powdered sugar, scooped and leveled
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp milk* see notes

And who doesn’t like to lick the spoons and beaters when you make this? I know I do! I also can’t keep hubby away either! The best part about this recipe is that it’s super simple. You can make it in less than 10 minutes.

I love to use this recipe when I’m decorating, but it will work just fine with any kind of frosting you like. It’s perfect for beginners too! If you feel intimidated by other recipes this one is great because the ingredients are so easy!

This is my favorite way to ice cupcakes or cake layers. You can pair this recipe with my favorite vanilla cake recipe or vanilla cupcakes if you are in the baking mood!

If not, feel free to use a box cake mix. I’m sure it will still turn out amazing!

Remember: when baking, frosting is key! Grab your favorite piping tip, your hand mixer or stand mixer and make this classic vanilla buttercream recipe! It’s one of the best buttercream frostings you will find. Using confectioner’s sugar, butter, crisco, vanilla extract and milk.

Here are some fun dessert recipes that you can use this Vanilla Buttercream Frosting on!

Thick and Creamy Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Yield: 12 cupcakes toppings

Thick and Creamy Homemade Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This super easy homemade thick and creamy vanilla buttercream recipe is the only frosting recipe you will ever need!


  • 1 cup of Crisco
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 6 cups powdered sugar, scooped and leveled 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp milk* see notes


  1. Add Crisco and butter to the mixer and blend well.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour in milk
  4. Whip on HIGH for 4-5 mins so that the buttercream doubles in volume


This buttercream can be made with milk, heavy cream, half in half, coffee creamer, or water. The thicker the liquid (heavy cream or coffee creamer) the creamier the icing will be!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 358Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 42mgSodium 130mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 0gSugar 55gProtein 1g

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