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Salted Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Salted Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to get that dessert menu together. Although I love me a loaded plate, dessert may just be my favorite part of the meal. Especially cake. Chocolate cake with white frosting to be exact. But not just any white frosting- Salted Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. I love salted sweet things, and simple vanilla. So creating a homemade vanilla buttercream frosting was right up my alley. This frosting is absolutely delicious and perfect for upgrading a boring box cake.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This Salted Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is super easy to make and requires five simple ingredients- butter, powdered sugar, sea salt, vanilla extract and milk. It can even be made vegan and dairy free, which is how I make mine. I prefer to use premium vanilla extract. But imitation vanilla will do in a pinch. However, make sure you use sea salt and not a substitute as it’s the standout ingredient in the frosting. The frosting is light, airy and pairs great with devil’s food cake. But you can top any cake (or cupcakes) of your choosing with this delight.

A perfectly balanced blend of sweet n’ salty, this salted vanilla buttercream frosting will be an absolute crowd pleaser. Top your favorite cake and bring it to the office potluck, Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve party and every holiday event thereafter. Now let’s get to the recipe…

Salted Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Recipe by EricaCourse: Dessert
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A perfectly balanced blend of sweet n’ salty, this Salted Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is made with five simple ingredients.



  • Add butter and salt to a large bowl. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, mix on low speed for two minutes, until butter is creamy.
  • Add one cup of confectioners sugar and continue to mix on low until blended. Then gradually increase the speed to high until the frosting is fluffy.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of milk and the vanilla extract to the bowl and continue to mix. This will create a thin frosting with a light, airy (whipped) consistency.
  • If you’d like a thicker frosting, gradually add more confectioners sugar until the desired thickness is achieved. Add more almond milk if the frosting gets too thick.
  • Allow baked goods to cool completely before frosting to avoid melting. Frost with a butter knife, or a piping bag*.


  • *vegan butter may be substituted
  • *cut the corner off a ziplock bag to make a DIY piping bag



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