Buttercream icing

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Buttercream icing is the ideal way to turn a simple cake into something a little bit special, and this recipe takes just 5 minutes to make! Deliciously smooth and creamy, this buttercream icing is perfect for fairy cakes, cupcakes and Victoria sponges and this recipe will create enough buttercream to cover an 8" circular cake. Once you've mastered how to make buttercream, why not try salted chocolate buttercream? All you need to do is add 200g of melted dark chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon of table salt.


  1. Bring your butter to room temperature so that it is softened, then using either a hand or electric mixer beat together the butter adding in the icing sugar gradually until fully incorporated.

  2. Add in the vanilla and continue to beat until the buttercream is light and fluffy. This might take a few minutes, the longer that you beat your buttercream for the light in texture it will be. If your buttercream is quite stiff, add half a table spoon of milk and whisk until it loosens.

  3. Once the buttercream is ready, fill a piping bag fitted with a nozzle with the buttercream to pipe decorations on your cupcakes or alternatively, use a pallet knife to smooth your buttercream inside or over your cake.

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  1. 1 star rating

    way too runny

  2. 5 star rating

    Love it!

  3. 5 star rating

    Made it twice now perfect consistency every time great taste kid loved it. If is runny you must not have followed the recipe.

  4. 1 star rating

    Way too runny even after adding more icing sugar

  5. 5 star rating

    Slightly runny but ok because soft and tasty in my Victoria sponge cake 🎂🍰

  6. 5 star rating

    Really nice

  7. 3 star rating

    Really tasty would agree with everyone else was a bit runny but i hope there will be enough for my cake

  8. 4 star rating

    Didn’t seem to need the milk.

  9. 5 star rating

    Best buttercream ever I tried other buttercream recipes this is the best one

  10. 5 star rating

    Easy to make

  11. 5 star rating

    Very good 5+ stars!

  12. 4 star rating

    It was really nice but we had to add a bit more of what it suggested to make it as it says on the instructions

  13. 1 star rating

    Way too runny and adding the milk even a tiny bit made the icing separate

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  16. 4 star rating

    Had to add more icing sugar came out too runny but lovely

  17. 5 star rating

    Tastes great

  18. 5 star rating

    My go to buttercream recipe! Great and easy way to make delicious icing, adding the milk is essential for the buttercream to come together

  19. 5 star rating

    Absolutely perfect! it went down a treat in our house on a victoria sponge cake, we even delivered some to the in laws 😊

  20. 5 star rating

    Excellent buttercream and also add milk as required.

  21. 5 star rating

    Brilliant buttercream easy to make to make it even more tastier add nutella 3 good sized tsp

  22. 4 star rating

    This my second time cream butter for my cup cakes hope them turn out ok with it on

  23. 3 star rating

    It was easy to make only would suggest adding more icing sugar because it’s a little bit runny!

  24. 5 star rating

    Only add the milk at the end bit by bit until you get desired texture.
    Super light and fluffy, a brilliant butter cream.

  25. 4 star rating


  26. 1 star rating

    Too runny only got the measurements listed and wasn’t enough, my cake was ruined

  27. 5 star rating

    Really easy to make and really tasty, i make this every time i make cupcakes and my whole family loves it!

  28. 4 star rating

    Soooooo good!!

  29. 5 star rating

    Soooooooo goooood!

  30. 5 star rating

    Soooooooo good!

  31. 3 star rating

    Tastes great but the buttercream ends up too runny.

  32. 1 star rating

    Really runny had to add more icing sugar and utter

  33. 1 star rating

    To runny!
    ___________________________________________________Try adding extra icing sugar to thicken the buttercream

  34. 5 star rating

    Yum delicious

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  36. 4 star rating

    Very good my cake tastes great

  37. 4 star rating

    It's ok but is quite runny

  38. 5 star rating

    this is a very easy but tasty recipe for buttercream

  39. 5 star rating

    Nice and easy

  40. 4 star rating

    It was a really nice basic recipe
    Enjoyed it!!!!!

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