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Buttercream Frosting |
Buttercream Frosting | | Photography: MavrenLee Photography

It’s just a basic rule of life that you need a go to buttercream recipe. Ask your mother, I bet she agrees. If she doesn’t then she mustn’t have baked! Just kidding, I don’t want to diss on your mother or anything… eek..

You will find that I use this buttercream with a few flavour variations. I love to do this, because even though vanilla buttercream is delicious, adding different flavours can just lift a cake or cupcakes to another level.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes |
Triple Chocolate Cupcakes | | Photography: MavrenLee Photography

As you well know, there’s a fair bit of beating involved when you’re making lovely smooth, whipped, fluffy buttercream or cream cheese frosting. I was fortunate enough to get a KitchenAid Tilt-Head Stand Mixer a few years ago and I am absolutely in love with it. It just makes baking so much easier and more enjoyable. One of my gorgeous sisters gave me a KitchenAid Flex Edge Beater for my mixer. Sounds boring? Nope, to me it’s not! It’s ridiculous to be joyful about something as simple as watching a beater leave nothing on the sides of the bowl to be scraped down, but there you go… Needless to say, I use that beater with this recipe.

Easter Mini Cupcakes |
Easter Mini Cupcakes | | Photography: MavrenLee Photography

I also use a Wilton 1M Open Star Piping Tip which is my current fave. So good for all sorts of piping. With the cupcakes in the picture on this page I just started on the outside of the cupcake, holding the piping bag at 90 degrees, then pipe in a circular motion gradually moving to the middle of the cupcake. Use a good amount of pressure so that you build up lots of frosting to get that piled up effect.

Easy Buttercream Frosting

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    This recipe will fill and ice a 3 layer cake or 24 cupcakes.
  • 750g / 26.5 oz unsalted butter
  • 4 ½ cups icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence


Beat the butter and vanilla extract until nice and smooth, with no lumps.

Add the icing sugar half a cup at a time. Beat well once all of the icing sugar is used.

If you think that the mixture is a bit dry, you can always add a little bit of milk.


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