Buttercream icing recipe for cake decorating

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Sometimes finding the best buttercream icing recipe for cake decorating can be quite challenging.  In this video I show you how to make the best vanilla buttercream frosting recipe.

I like the way it transforms a rather simple cake to something absolutely stunning.  That, coupled with a few sprinkles, takes the humble cupcake to entirely new levels.  Elegant enough to grace any occasion.

  • 226 grams (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 320 grams (1 1/2 cups) icing sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of warm water (or more or less depending on the consistency you are after)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or seeds from one vanilla pod
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Gel colours of your choice

Method

  • Beat butter in a bowl, with an electric whisk, for about 2 minutes to make it smooth
  • Add icing sugar, salt and water and beat until light and fluffy
  • The longer you beat the fluffier it gets, do not worry about over beating ( I have been told that this does not happen)
  • Options: You can colour all the buttercream icing a different colour or divide the mixture into different bowls and colour each bowl a different colour.
  • Put in a piping bag and decorate your  vanilla cupcakes

The best Vanilla Butter Cream Icing

Have a great time decorating with the best vanilla buttercream icing