How to Make Basic Buttercream Icing

by Zena-Marie on 10 April 2012

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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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Mummy Big Bum April 10, 2012 at 21:14

I’m well into my baking at the mo so these variations on buttercream are going to be very useful, thanks!

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Zena-Marie April 11, 2012 at 21:56

Thank you. They are really easy, tasty variations on a basic buttercream icing. Glad you like them and good luck with the baking.

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Weybridge Wifey April 11, 2012 at 14:31

The cupcakes look divine! Do let me know if you need an independant taster ;)

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Zena-Marie April 11, 2012 at 22:36

Lol. Thank you so much. Unfortunately my kids have taken all the taste testing vacancies and I’m pretty sure that’s a job for life :-)

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Grace July 13, 2012 at 16:38

Hello
I really want to learn how to pipe on cakes and also make a very nice butter cream.

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Zena-Marie August 9, 2012 at 11:26

Keep reading. I’ll add more cake decorating idea’s soon.

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leyla August 6, 2012 at 15:18

nice

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Zena-Marie August 9, 2012 at 11:40

Thank you :)

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Zoe August 14, 2012 at 15:03

Wow, I love this recipe, its perfect for my own cakes!! Though I have to admit, I’m no Mum. Lol, I am but just the age of 11 (nearly 12) and this butter cream will help me in my future at Secondary School :D

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Zena-Marie August 14, 2012 at 16:32

LOL. So glad you like the recipe, it’s really easy to make (which is why I like it too) I think it’s amazing that you’re learning to bake already. You’ll give the other girls a run for their money when you get to secondary school. Good luck and well done :)

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Cookie monster September 1, 2012 at 10:17

Im 10 and im just about to make a bannana cake and cupcakes with red butter cream icing

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Zena-Marie September 4, 2012 at 12:47

Thank you so much for leaving a comment. It’s great that you are enjoying baking at such a young age. My daughter is 9 and loves baking and making too. She is setting up her own blog that will have loads of fun idea’s and recipes. You can find her at http://www.myasdiary.com Its not set up yet but check it out in a couple of weeks

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Johnson September 1, 2012 at 13:52

Nice one 4rm u super mom although i just subscribe

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Zena-Marie September 4, 2012 at 12:48

Thank you so much and thank you for subscribing.

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Gabrizac September 9, 2012 at 03:02

Hello
Can I keep cream in the fridge and use it for later?

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Zena-Marie September 10, 2012 at 09:29

Yes. Buttercream will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container

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Sophie Ng March 3, 2013 at 07:58

Your buttercream icing is amazing! All my friends and teachers loved it and they are even asking for more! :D
P.S Iam only 13~ ^_^

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Zena-Marie March 13, 2013 at 14:30

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Have fun baking, icing and creating :)

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Louise March 4, 2013 at 19:04

How many cupcakes Can you make of it?

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Zena-Marie March 13, 2013 at 14:30

It all depends on how much butter cream you use on each cake and how big you want your swirls, but you should get 12-15 cupcakes from the mix

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Niki March 8, 2013 at 11:25

Hi,
I am from Greece and i like very much your ideas and your site!!!
This buttercream is perfect and easy, i will use it, thank you very much!!!!
Keep going just like that!!!
Kisses from Greece!!!!

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Zena-Marie March 13, 2013 at 14:17

Hi, Its great to know I have readers from so far afield. Greece is beautiful. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Keep reading and baking :)

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Mairead March 12, 2013 at 11:06

Mine was kinda runny ant tips on how to make thicjer

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Zena-Marie March 13, 2013 at 14:03

Make sure you use butter at room temp. If the butter is too runny pop it in the fridge to harden a little. Dont leave it in the fridge for to long though as it might be hard to pip from the bag. Good luck

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Jasmin August 4, 2013 at 17:47

Thank for all these ideas, I never knew there was so many. I’m 13 and i really enjoy baking in my spare time, my family really enjoy what i make. This has helped me alot and i will definately keep reading so thanks :)

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Zena-Marie August 16, 2013 at 11:02

Thank you so much. I’m so pleased to hear that you are enjoying baking at such a young age. My daughter has recently started baking (and blogging) She is almost 11. You can check out some kid friendly baking ideas over on her blog http://www.Mya‘s Diary.com

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