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Buttercream, one of the absolute essentials for cake making and decorating.

Makes approx. 720g

Hands-on Time 8 minutes


230g Unsalted butter, softened

450g Icing sugar

2 tsp Vanilla extract

40ml Full-fat milk


Large bowl

Electric or hand whisk


Add the butter to the bowl and beat on a medium speed using the whisk for about 1 minute.

Add the icing sugar. I find it’s best, when using an electric whisk, to stir the sugar into the butter whilst the whisk is off. This should prevent icing sugar explosions happening when you turn the whisk on.

Whisk for a couple of minutes on a medium speed until thick but smooth.

Add the vanilla and milk and beat again for a couple of minutes. Scrape the bowl using a spatula to make sure everything is incorporated.

The buttercream should now be light, whipped, and smooth.

Only add more milk, one teaspoon at a time, if you really think it needs it.



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