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Vanilla Buttercream

Vanilla Bean Buttercream. Two whole vanilla beans scraped clean. from #dietersdownfall.comChocolate Cake with Cheesecake Center – Day two – Vanilla Bean Buttercream

I am getting good at making traditional buttercream frosting with whole eggs. I find this style of frosting to be so much better than the frosting made with just butter, milk, and powdered sugar.

For starters, there is less sugar involved. I made a huge 6 layer cake for my daughter’s 6th birthday and I used three pounds of powdered sugar. It was a fun classroom of Kindergartners that day!

Buttercream Frosting full of itty bitty Vanilla Bean Seeds. from #dietersdownfall.comI remember the first time I made buttercream with eggs – it was horrible!!

I overcooked the eggs and the result was a disgusting, scrambled egg mess! I was not impressed. My advice to you is: don’t give up. Keep trying and trying. You learn so much from your failures. The next time it will be better, and it will continue to get better.

Traditional Buttercream made with tempered whole eggs and lots of butter. from #dietersdownfall.comI  hope you give this buttercream a try. It’s rich and creamy. It’s full of vanilla flavor.

If you don’t want to spend the money on whole vanilla beans, you can add two teaspoons of extract or Vanilla Bean Paste. (Which I LOVE to use!)


Yield: 24 servings

Vanilla Buttercream

Vanilla Buttercream

Millions of little Vanilla Seeds give this Vanilla Bean Buttercream wonderful flavor.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 whole vanilla beans
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 pound butter, unsalted


    1. Mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla bean seeds, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer. Place the mixing bowl over a simmering pot of water. The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Whisk the mixture constantly until it comes to 160 degrees on a candy thermometer or instant read thermometer.
    2. Move the bowl to the stand mixer and whip at medium speed for 5 minutes until the bowl is slightly warm to the touch. Cut the butter into 1 tablespoon sized pieces and add them one at a time with the mixer at a lower setting.
    3. When all the butter is added, increase the speed to medium-high and whip until smooth, light and fluffy.
    4. Cover and refrigerate if you are not using it right away.
    5. To use from the fridge, allow it to come to room temperature then re-whip it smooth.


Recipe from Baking Illustrated

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


Sunday 30th of October 2016

I'm assuming it is icing sugar for this recipe correct? How long does this last in the fridge?

Karyn Granrud

Sunday 30th of October 2016

No. Granulated sugar. You are heating it over a double boiler and melting the sugar into a syrup.

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