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Beautiful Vanilla Bean Buttercream Ala Prairie Girl

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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Some of you may already know this, but my husband and I have two daughters. After the birth of my older one my husband would often say that when she wants something he is eating he doesn’t feel any resentment. I feel that way too – most of the time. That said, I distinctly one time I felt differently. She was little, between 2 and 3. I had heard about a bakery called Prairie Girl & popped in to try a cupcake. Usually I am underwhelmed by most cupcakes so I got two minis. A Vanilla with Vanilla Bean frosting for her and a Chocolate with Peanut Butter frosting for me. Just for funsies I tried a little bit of her vanilla frosting. It took every ounce of my being to give it back to her because all I wanted to do was to devour it.

In case you are wondering, yes I went back and got another cupcake for myself. 

When I realized that there is a Prairie Girl cookbook I had to have it and try that amazing Vanilla Bean Buttercream. I was not disappointed. I think it is the combination of Vanilla Bean and Cream Cheese that makes this frosting truly special. Don’t take my word for it though – try it yourself! 

Huge Bonus: It pipes beautifully.

Vanilla Bean ButtercreamObservant readers may think this is a familiar set up and you would be right. The frosting is the one I used in my Eid tablescape post a few weeks back. I still love it and if you’re looking to add some of that whimsy in to your Eid decor then I suggest you order the right cutters from With a Spin pronto!

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Vanilla Bean Buttercream
Prairie Girl Classic Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  • 1 1/2 cup salted butter at room temp
  • 6 oz cream cheese at room temp
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste or seeds from one pod or 2tsp VE
  • 6 cups icing sugar
  1. Beat the butter, cream cheese, cream, vanilla of choice, and 3 cups of icing sugar till smooth, about 3 minutes

  2. With the mixer on medium add the remaining icing sugar, a cup at a time for 4 minutes 

  3. Now crank up the speed and beat to luxurious fluffiness for about 3-4 minutes. 

  4. Makes 6 cups.

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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    Hi! I am new to your blog and was a little confused. Is there a recipe for the cake too or just the frosting/icing? Also is it possible to make the icing without a Mixer? Like by hand?


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      Hi Habiba! This recipe is for the buttercream only and not the cake! Tell me what you’re looking for and perhaps I can make some recommendations!
      Also for icing you really do need a mixer to whip the butter up properly, but there are other things you can do like make a ganache or a glaze!

  • Reply

    This buttercream looks so indulgent! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Reply

      Thank you Jennifer for your kind words!

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