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Buttercream, Frosting, Icing and other toppings August 19, 2012

Vanilla Buttercream


This is a favourite and most traditional icing recipe. Nice and simple, it works perfectly for many cupcakes and layer cakes, but with a tint of colour you can adapt it to so many different cakes.


Makes enough to ice 15-20 regular cupcakes.




110g butter, at room temperature

60ml milk, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

500g icing sugar, sifted

Few drops of food colouring (optional)




In a large bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar until smooth – this can take several minutes with an electric hand mixer. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat again until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.

If you want to colour your buttercream, always start with one drop of colour at a time and beat after each addition. 1 – 2 drops are usually enough for a pastel colour.


3 Responses to “Buttercream, Frosting, Icing and other toppings”

  1. bunnandbird Says:

    Hi Gill,
    Would it be possible to make this non-dairy (margarine & soy/almond/etc. milk), for people with dairy allergies?


    • dogsmum Says:

      Hi bunnandbird,
      This isn’t exactly a ‘butter’ cream, but I think it would work for you.

      200g dairy free spread

      400g icing sugar

      Combine the dairy free spread with the icing sugar in a bowl and cream together. It helps if the spread is at room temperature. You can do this with an electric mixer but if you’re not careful will end up looking like a snowbeast…

      Once the spread and icing sugar are combined and fluffy, you could put a squeeze of lemon juice to cover up the taste of the spread, or cocoa powder, maybe even add some melted chocolate. Hope this helps xx


      • bunnandbird Says:

        Hey Gill,

        Thanks. Now I just need some icing sugar, a lemon, cocoa powder, and a mixing spoon. I wouldn’t want a rabid snow-beast to leap from the bowl after all. 🙂



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