Thursday, November 18, 2010

Best Buttercream for Cupcakes

I'm finally back and posting! I'm an official graduate of 2010 now.  Freedom is sweet (pun intended).  And for you, that means a lot more recipes!

Whilst this is a very simple recipe, it is by far the best recipe for icing that I've tried.  Usually, buttercream icing is not my strong point.  For some sad reason the butter separates or the texture is grainy.  But in the last week, admist making christmas cupcakes (as pictured) and 'thank you' cupcakes for my teachers and peers, this has not failed once! It's a fabulous consistency for piping and smooth decorating strokes.  Plus, it's super super delicious. 

125g butter, cubed, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
2 tbsp milk, at room temperature

It is important to have the butter and milk at room temperature.  Place cubes of butter in a large mixing bowl.  Cream until the butter is as white as possible, say 2 minutes.  Very gradually add half of the sifted icing sugar; beating continuously.  Gradually add the milk; beating continuously.  Very gradually add the rest of the icing sugar; beating continuously.  Icing should be a smooth and spreadable consistency.  Note, in the fridge it will harden.


  1. Congratulations on graduating, I guess you'll be looking forward to the school holidays now ... lucky bugger ;0)
    This is the same recipe I use for buttercream and its never failed me yet.

  2. You have graduated! Congratulations! Thanks for the buttercream recipe. Welcome back! ^..^

  3. Congratulations, Brittany!! Freedom is indeed, sweet. :) And so are your buttercream cupcakes.

  4. Congrats, Brittany! I have missed your posts and glad that you will have more time now.

    I wonder if this buttercream would work for my macarons as it seems much quicker than my Swiss buttercream recipe... going to try it this weekend!


  5. Congrats on Graduating!(: The frosting looks amazing. I've made buttercream frosting before too, not really a fan of it because it's too sweet for me. But I love how you decorated it!

  6. Congratulations! A goal accomplished. Does another lie ahead? Your frosting looks and sounds amazing. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary.

  7. Well Done Brittany - looking forward to some lovely recipes

  8. Bonsoir,je viens de tomber sur votre blog;dommage qu'il n'ai de newsletter pour suivre vos gourmandises de près.Bonjour à l'Australie!!

  9. Congratulations on your graduation. Look forward to all your recipes :) The buttercream icing looks divine! thanks.

  10. Congratulations on your graduation! Gorgeous cupcake. Thanks for sharing your buttercream icing. I am always looking for frosting recipes:)

  11. Congratulations! That buttercream looks yummy on those beautiful cuppies!

  12. Congrats on graduating! Only three more terms and that will be me :) I adore buttercream frosting, sounds delish!

  13. Oh...Brittany...I'm thrilled that I backtracked on your posts. I would have felt terrible to have missed your wonderful news. Congrats my dear on your accomplishments ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  14. I'll should give this a try. my buttercream frostings also always starts to seperate...that's why I prefer adding cream cheese. but I'll have to give your method a try once.


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