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This is by far my favourite buttercream icing ever – better than any of the shop bought varieties. Well, in my opinion anyway 🙂 It’s from a book called “Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery” and is absolutely awesome.

If you’re looking for a book with recipes to impress your friends and family then this is the one for you! It’s packed with great recipes such as Amaretto Icing, Peanut Butter cupcakes, ideas for Weddings, Christenings, Christmas and other special occasions. It also includes recipes and ideas for bigger cakes. I’ve tried most of the fantastic recipes in the book and every one of them is AMAZING. If you’re looking for a book with easy to follow instructions to create amazing cakes, I really recommend this one. Especially as it’s currently available on Amazon for only £4, roughly the cost of one medium sized coffee in your coffee shop!

Anyway, here’s what you need to make the icing:

What do you need?

Enough for icing 15-20 regular, or 60 mini cupcakes

110 g unsalted butter, room temperature
60 ml semi-skimmed milk – room temperature
1 teaspoon of good quality vanilla extract
500 g icing sugar, sifted
Few drops of food colouring (optional)

What’s next?

Get a large mixing bowl and beat butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar until the mixture is nice and smooth. This can take several minutes with an electric mixer. (I find that the icing sugar has a tendency to fly everywhere, so you may want to try and put a tea-towel half way over the bowl to avoid getting sugar coated yourself).

Gradually add the remainder of the sugar to the mix and keep beating the mixture until the buttercream is a smooth and creamy consistency.

Want to add some extra colour? Add a drop of food colouring (steady does it – you can always add if you want to make it darker), and build up until you are happy with the colour. In the photo, the theme for the party was grey/pink and I gradually built up the grey colour until I was happy with it.

Spread the icing on top of your favourite cupcakes, using a palette knife. Alternatively pop the mixture into a piping bag and pipe a “swirl” onto the cupcakes and add any decorations of your choice.

If you’re using sprinkles on top of the icing, make sure to add them while the icing is still setting so they don’t fall off. Check out the recipe for an easy, (but oh so tasty!) cupcake in my post here.  It won’t come as a surprise to you that it’s also from Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery book 🙂

Enjoy! I’d love to hear about your creations and see some of your pics. Don’t forget to find me on social medial to share some of your creations!


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