Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors and smells. I decided to get adventurous the other day and went and bought some vanilla beans. I have never actually used them before but figured it was about time. I used this youtube tutorial to teach me an easy way to cut them and strip the seeds (yes, I am a total newbie haha!). Pretty simple and basic, but if you have never attempted it like me, you might be curious too :)

This frosting was seriously spectacular. Vanilla at its finest. If you are a big vanilla fan, you are going to LOVE this recipe!

Vanilla Bean Buttercream from ...This frosting is INCREDIBLE!

Vanilla Bean Buttercream
The sweet vanilla flavor is brought to life in this delicious frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeded
  • 1 envelope Dream Whip, you can omit this, but it adds a nice texture to the frosting
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-6 Tbsp. milk
  1. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add salt, vanilla, vanilla bean seeds and Dream Whip and beat to evenly incorporate.
  3. Add powdered sugar and milk and beat, add more powdered sugar and milk as needed to reach desired consistency.
  4. Frost cupcakes and eat up!


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  1. Tieghan

    I am always game for vanilla bean anything!! This is some awesome butter cream!! YUM!

  2. Jessica

    That picture makes me smile! I can only imagine how good the frosting tastes! I love vanilla!

  3. Kathy

    Adorable cupcakes! I have not used vanilla beans either!

  4. Renee @ Awesome on $20

    For my birthday this year, I'm asking for vanilla beans. I could never afford to buy them myself. This frosting sounds lovely.

  5. Donna

    Looks so yummy! makes me think of Starbucks Vanilla Bean drink. If you have leftover frosting. How long will it store for?

  6. Nessa

    This looks fabulous!

  7. Liz

    Thank you sounds nice.

  8. KC

    Hi thanks for sharing this recipe. Is this a crusting buttercream (meaning it forms a thin crust after it's piped)? What purpose does the dream whip serve?

  9. Dawn

    I absolutely love vanilla buttercream And so excited to try this recipe!I do not have any vanilla beans, but I do have vanilla bean paste. Can I substitute the paste for the beans? If so, how much would I use? Thank you so much!

  10. Jessica

    Can you please repost recipe! It's not showing up! Thank you!!

    1. Chef in Training

      so sorry about that! It should be there now :)

  11. Becky buboi

    Where is the recipe ??

    1. Chef in Training

      So sorry about that. It should be there now :) Please let me know if you have any further trouble. Thanks!