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neapolitan rose cake

Basic Vanilla Buttercream

This is the original Neapolitan Rose Cake… everything else is just a copy! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Neapolitan Rose Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Author Amanda Rettke


  • 1 c (2 sticks, 226g) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 32 oz confectioners sugar sifted
  • 2 tbsp. whole milk you can use up to 1/2 cup
  • pinch salt


  1. Beat butter in bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. (about 3 minutes)
  2. Add vanilla extract.
  3. With the mixer on low, slowly add in confectioners sugar, milk, and salt; frequently scraping sides and bottom of the bowl.
  4. Once incorporated, whip frosting for at least 3 minutes on medium-high to high. (My mixer went for 7 minutes)
  5. If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk.