Prep:  20 minutes
Makes:  2 1/2 cups
Average: 4.3 (6 votes)
Recipe by: Western Star
Whether you need buttercream for piping, decorating or simply spreading over your cakes and cupcakes, this basic recipe does it all.
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Basic Buttercream Icing
  1. Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. Butter will lighten in colour
  2. Stop the mixer and add all the sugar and vanilla. Beat on low speed until combined
  3. Increase speed to high and beat for 5-8 minutes or until fluffy
  4. Add milk a teaspoon at a time until it reaches your desired consistency
Tips & Hints:
  • Butter must be softened before beating. Do not melt.
  • Butter should be well beaten and pale in colour before adding icing sugar mixture.
  • If making ahead, store buttercream well covered in a cool place for up to 1 week. Before using, beat to a smooth consistency adding extra milk as needed.
  • If buttercream becomes cold and hard to spread, beat in 1 to 2 teaspoons of warm milk to return mixture to a creamy, spreadable consistency.
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