Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

FRIENDS!

I’ve missed you! ::Gives big virtual hug::

I apologize for the impromptu hiatus. Things had been a bit busy, but they seem to have calmed down now.

So a few days after I shared my Poached Egg technique, I took off with the kids to California. We spent a week together with my mom and brother, and then were joined by my husband and brother in-law. The following week was filled with preparations for Eid, me fracturing my collar bone, and my brother’s engagement ceremony (!!!!!).

I had originally planned to prepare a dessert table for the occasion, but after the whole grown-ass-mom-breaking-her-bone situation, I reached out to my brother and sister in-law’s friends, and we all contributed a bit and were able to pull off a joint dessert table! It was so exciting to see what everyone made, and it made the whole occasion even more meaningful.

This is what everyone contributed- Nutella Brownies, Jalaibee, Cupcakes, Baklava Fingers, Russian Tea Cakes, Banana Pudding, Lemon Bars, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Thank you all!  Everything was so delicious, and most of all so thoughtful!

This is what everyone contributed- Nutella Brownies, Jalaibee, Cupcakes, Baklava Fingers, Russian Tea Cakes, Banana Pudding, Lemon Bars, and Chocolate Chip Cookies. Thank you all! Everything was so delicious, and most of all so thoughtful!

On the other side of the table, my sister in-law had the idea of putting together a Milk & Cookies Bar.  It was so adorable! The whole table came together wonderfully :)

On the other side of the table, my sister in-law had the idea of putting together a Milk & Cookies Bar. It was so adorable! The whole table came together wonderfully 🙂

My “submission” for the dessert table was a batch of vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting. The frosting was actually a joint effort on my husband and my part (can you imagine how that went? LOL!). Although we have more of an affinity towards whipped cream frosting, we went with buttercream because it would hold up at room temperature. After searching and searching for a buttercream frosting that not only holds its shape well, but also isn’t thick and cloyingly sweet (which is our main complaint about it), I stumbled upon this recipe from Annie’s Eats. The secret is in the addition of heavy cream! You see, adding the cream gives an otherwise heavy buttercream some lightness. It whips up and forms the most smooth and airy frosting, which pipes great and tastes wonderful!

 

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Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Yield: Enough To Frost 2 Dozen Cupcakes

Or a 2-Layer Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions:

Place butter in a large bowl, and using a whisk attachment, whip on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and whip on low speed until completely incorporated. Add salt and whip on medium-high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add heavy whipping cream and vanilla and whip on low speed until incorporated. Increase speed to high and whip until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, remembering to scrape the sides of the bowl along the way.

Use as needed.

Refrigerate leftovers.

Note: Frosting can be made and frozen in advance. To use, simply leave on the counter and bring to room temperature. The frosting may need to be whipped lightly to bring back to original consistency.

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10 responses

  1. The cupcakes look soooo adorable and I’m sure they taste great as well.
    how are you doing now ? I hope the collarbone is not giving you a lot of trouble? And congratulations on your brother getting engaged, such a fun and happy family occasion. I love the whole table and the milk and cookies idea is cute.

  2. Omg… what happened to your collar bone?! Hope you’re better now! I had all but given up on buttercream as I just found it too icky sweet. But I’m definitely interested in revisiting it with this idea of adding cream. Pinning to try! x

    • So we were in an SUV and I was sitting in the last row. My son was in his carseat in the middle, and someone asked him if he was buckled in. He said yes, but I just had to check for myself. I got up out of my seat and leaned forward to check him (he was buckled in). At the same time, a family of raccoons began to run across the street, so my husband swerved and braked to avoid hitting them, and I literally flew out of my seat and my entire right side hit the back of the front passenger seat. It was just one of those freak-accident type things where everything happened at the same time. But Alhumdullilah, doing much better now 🙂

  3. As Salaamu Alaykum sister, awww I hope you get well soon! my sister has broke her collar bone before and I remember how much agony she was in as it’s a bone that constantly moves with you! The dessert table and vanilla buttercream both look dreamy, will have to try the vanilla frosting the next time I bake up some cupcakes in shaa Allah

  4. This couldn’t have come at the correct time… I am planning to bake a cake for a little gathering of my school mates and I feel this frosting would be perfect… not only whipped cream but also buttercream! Wow… Got to try this… Hope your fracture is OK now – by the way, I loved the way you described yourself but I am one among that too… hehe… having fallen down twice in the gap of one year and sprained both my legs keeping in a precarious position now! – and hope the function went well too… the dessert table sounds like one that I may have had an overload on my plate… 🙂

    • Alhumdullilah much better now! With two kids, as I’m sure you can attest to as well, we don’t have too much time to be in pain, lol 🙂
      Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  5. lol @ the amount of times I’ve tried doing that too, and succumbing to the much needed help of family and friends. Story. Of. My. Life. Many congrats on the engagement party though 🙂 And well done on the cupcakes 😉

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