Vanilla Buttercream Cake

Vanilla Buttercream Cake

Simple and easy, this Classic Yellow Cake with Buttercream Frosting is a standard project every baker and decorator should have in their wheelhouse. The rich flavors of the yellow cake combine perfectly with the buttercream frosting, making this a crowd-pleaser for any occasion. This cake decorating project is perfect for beginners and is easy to customize to suit your celebration. Add a personalized message or some sprinkles for a festive dessert you'll be proud to show off.
  • Skill LevelBeginner


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  1. Bake the cake Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers.
  2. Prepare buttercream frosting: Using an electric mixer fitted with beaters or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and shortening on a medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract and scrape down the bowl occasionally.
  3. Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Start by mixing each cup on a low speed then transition to beating well on medium speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl after each cup of sugar is added. When all the sugar has been mixed in, the frosting will appear dry and stiff.
  4. Gradually add small amounts of cream or milk or water at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Continue to beat at a medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl once more and beat again to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Decorate the cake: Using spatula, ice cake with buttercream. Use tip of spatula to add swirl marks in frosting.


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