I am watching the movie Julie and Julia and Julie Powell asks this very question. So, IS there anything better than butter? When it comes to food, I am going to have to say, “no way.” Whether butter is oozing down fresh corn on the cob or being slathered on a fresh loaf of bread right out of the oven, butter adds richness and tenderness to everything. Whether it be sweet, salty or savory – chances are if it is made with better, it is going to be delicious. And this Easy Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting is definitely no exception.
In any event, I can’t write a blog about butter with paying tribute to my favorite, my tried and true and hands down the best frosting recipe I have ever tried. This is the recipe for my super easy buttercream frosting. Now please keep in mind that I am a frosting connoisseur. You know those kids that lick their cupcakes at birthday parties and don’t take a bite of cake. Well, I can relate to them. I love frosting – the good stuff anyways.
So please, trust me, this one is outstanding. If you have someone you want to impress I highly recommend making this buttery, creamy deliciousness! OK, here she is…
Easy Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.