I am doing a series of posts on how to decorate cupcakes with delicious buttercream swirls. This first post looks at how to make a basic buttercream icing. Post 2 will look at how to make the most delicious Swiss meringue buttercream (it is honestly the best buttercream ever) and the final post will be a tutorial on creating beautiful buttercream swirls on cupcakes. I hope you find it useful.
If you are new to making buttercream it is best to start off with a basic buttercream mix.
For this you will need:
100g/4oz Softened Butter
200g/8oz Icing Sugar
Instructions for making buttercream icing.
1. Place the softened butter in a mixing bowl and sift the icing sugar over the top.
2. Add flavouring (see below) and cream all the ingredients together until smooth.
3. Add the mixture to a piping bag and swirl buttercream onto cupcakes
To make your buttercream more tasty you can add a variety of flavours. Here are a few ideas to get you started
Banana Butter Icing
50g/2oz Ripe Bananas, mashed
½ teasp Vanilla Extract
½ teasp Lemon Juice
Chocolate Butter Icing
Either 1 teasp Cocoa or 25g/1oz Melted Chocolate
A few drops of Vanilla Extract
Coconut Butter Icing
25g/1oz Desiccated Coconut
Lemon Butter Icing
2 teasp very finely grated Lemon Rind
2 teasp Lemon Juice
Orange Butter Icing
1 tbsp very finely grated Orange Rind
2 teasp Orange Juice
Rum Butter Icing
2 teasp Dark Rum
Vanilla Butter Icing
A few drops of Vanilla Essence
Coloured Butter Icing
For coloured buttercream just add a few drops of food colouring
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