Vanilla Cream Frosting

This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

This is a seriously delicious and super-easy frosting for cupcakes. It assembles very quickly and has a light and creamy vanilla taste. This is not your ordinary cloyingly sweet icing: it will please the discerning palates of kids and adults alike.

NotesThis frosting is best made just before you’re ready to use it.



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturebuttery, creamy, sweet


  • 1 1/3 cups (325 mL) confectioners sugar (icing sugar)
  • ½ cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) whipping (35%) cream
  • ½ (2 mL) tsp vanilla paste or vanilla 


  1. In a small bowl, using an electric mixer on low speed, beat together sugar, butter and salt until creamy. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy. Add cream and vanilla paste, beating until frosting is smooth.

  2. Spread icing on cooled cupcakes with a knife or transfer to a pastry bag and pipe decoratively over cupcakes.

  3. Variation: Tint the frosting with food coloring. Be careful not to use too much color. Start with a drop, mix it in well, and add more only if necessary.


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