This homemade healthy vanilla buttercream frosting recipe is light, sweet, and perfect for cupcakes and cakes! Made with four simple ingredients, this healthy frosting is less sweet than traditional recipes, pipes perfectly, and is the best.
The best healthy vanilla buttercream frosting
I am so in love with this healthy vanilla buttercream frosting recipe. It is light, creamy, and just melts in your mouth.
I made a batch of cupcakes for my friend’s birthday last week and decided to use this vanilla frosting. Everyone (even non-healthy eaters) loved it so much they were begging for the recipe. I am not exaggerating. That’s when I decided that I needed to share it!
Made less sweet with four ingredients, this homemade healthy vanilla buttercream frosting is easy to make in under 15 minutes. It pipes well for cupcakes and is easy to spread on cakes. Plus, it’s gluten free and can be made dairy free. You can even double the recipe if you are making a ton of cupcakes for a party.
What makes this frosting healthy?
You are going to love this homemade healthy vanilla buttercream frosting for so many reasons! Here are three ways this frosting is healthier:
- Less butter. Instead of using two sticks of butter, like most recipes, we use 6 Tablespoons. This is about 1/2 of the amount of butter.
- Less sugar. Instead of using 5 cups of powdered sugar, like most recipes, we use 3 cups. This is about 1/3 of the amount of sugar.
- Coconut Cream. We use coconut cream to get that buttercream creamy texture while only using 1/2 the amount of butter!
What is Buttercream frosting?
Buttercream frosting is a type of creamy, rich, and sweet cake and cupcake frosting. Instead of sugar-based icing, buttercream is made by whipping butter and powdered sugar together to creamy a smooth and rich frosting. There are many flavor variations; it is easy to pipe and melts in your mouth.
This healthier vanilla buttercream frosting recipe is sure to be your new favorite and does not compromise on that classic creamy taste! The list of ingredients is short, and everything can be found at your local grocery store. Here is a list of what you will need to make this less sweet buttercream frosting, so you have everything prepared:
- Butter: First up, we need 6 Tablespoons of room temperature butter. This is 1/2 the amount typical recipes use, which makes it healthier. Personally, I like to use salted butter, but you can certainly use unsalted.
- Coconut Cream: Since we are using less butter, we add room-temperature coconut cream to get the best consistency and creamy buttercream frosting. Don’t worry, you CAN’T taste the coconut at all.
- Powdered Sugar: Next up, we need 3 cups of powdered sugar to sweeten this healthier frosting. This buttercream frosting is less sweet than traditional recipes since they usually call for 5 cups of powdered sugar.
- Vanilla Extract: This adds the best flavor!
How to make homemade healthy vanilla frosting
Healthy vanilla frosting does not compromise on flavor and texture! It comes together in three steps in under 15 minutes. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions for any level baker:
Step 1: Frist, beat butter on its own in a stand mixer for 5-10 minutes on high until pale and fluffy.
Step 2: Next, add coconut cream and beat on medium until combined, just about 15 – 30 seconds.
Step 3: Finally, add 1 cup powdered sugar beat to combine. Repeat two more times with the remaining powdered sugar. Add vanilla & beat on high for two more minutes until combined. Ice 12 cupcakes or one 9-inch cake and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you taste coconut from the coconut cream?
NO! You cannot taste any coconut trust me, I don’t even like coconut, and this is my favorite healthy frosting.
Can I make ahead of time?
Absolutely! One of the best things about this healthy vanilla frosting recipe is that you can make this buttercream up to 1 week in advance, store it in an airtight container in the fridge, and then frost cupcakes or a cake when ready. I highly recommend letting the frosting sit at room temperature for 8 – 15 minutes before frosting or pipping.
Is buttercream gluten free?
Yes, this healthier homemade buttercream frosting is gluten-free.
How long does buttercream last?
Homemade buttercream can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week before icing cupcakes or a cake.
Is buttercream and frosting the same?
Buttercream is a type of frosting. So yes, they are the same.
Is it less sweet?
Yes, this is a less sweet buttercream recipe, which is what makes it healthier. Typical buttercreams call for 5 cups of powdered sugar; however, we use 1/3 less sugar.
Can I make it dairy free?
Yes, to make this vanilla buttercream frosting dairy free, use vegan butter instead of the regular butter.
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Healthy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- 6 Tbsp butter, room temperature (I like to use salted butter)
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup coconut cream, room temperature
- Beat butter on its own in a stand mixer for 5-10 minutes on high until pale and fluffy.
- Add coconut cream and beat on medium until combined, just about 15 - 30 seconds.
- Add 1 cup powdered sugar, beat to combine. Repeat 2 more times with remaining powdered sugar. Add vanilla & beat on high 2 more minutes until combined.
- Ice 12 cupcakes or one 9-inch cake; enjoy!
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