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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