I finally found the perfect vanilla frosting recipe for cupcakes and it’s all thanks to my friend’s Cape Breton grandmother. Nanny Burke’s Buttercream is now my go-to, classic American-style vanilla frosting recipe!
Nanny Burke’s Buttercream is the BEST
You may remember my attempt at making pink peppercorn cupcakes with vanilla frosting. They looked ok but the frosting had as much flavour as a of a jar of Vaseline (and the texture to match). Recently, I made bacon and baileys cupcakes – a play on my social media handle @baconandbaileys. I baked coffee-flavoured cupcakes and topped them with Baileys frosting and candied bacon. I used what I thought was a decent buttercream recipe but it turned out to be so sweet I couldn’t eat it!
Nanny Burke’s Vanilla Frosting Recipe To The Rescue
When I told a friend about my frosting fiasco she said, “Oh – you need Nanny Burke’s Buttercream recipe!” She emailed her grandmother in Cape Breton and Nanny Burke graciously shared her recipe with me. Nanny Burke said that, over the last 50 years, she’s tried a TON of vanilla frosting recipes and this one is by far the best and easiest.
Cupcake Baking Tip
On a side note, here’s a weird and interesting cupcake baking tip that I discovered when I was making my cupcakes for Nanny Burke’s Buttercream. I used Ina Garten’s recipe for Coconut Cupcakes and baked the first dozen at 350ºF until golden, about 22 minutes. While they were in the oven I had another look at the recipe and realized that I was supposed to bake them at 325ºF. I reduced the temperature in a panic for the second batch and here’s what happened:
Does The Cupcake Baking Tip Work?
This cupcake baking tip was just a random fluke that happened to me, however, hundreds of people on Pinterest swear it works! Did it work for you? Let me know in the comments below!
Nanny Burke's Buttercream
- 2 cups butter
- 4 cups icing sugar sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Place everything in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low until sugar and butter are combined. Increase speed of mixer and mix 2-3 minutes.
Halving the recipe also works and frosting freezes well.
Icing sugar is also called confectioner's sugar or powdered sugar.
This post was originally published on April 5, 2011 and was updated on June 19, 2019.