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Basic Vanilla Buttercream

To make icing 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes


  • 110 g unsalted butter room temp
  • 60 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 500 g icing sugar sifted


  • Beat the butter, vanilla extract and half of the icing until smooth using an electric hand mixer or freestanding mixer.
  • Gradually add in the remaining icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add the milk 1 tbsp at a time until you get the desired consistency.
  • If colouring, add one drop of colouring and mix in thoroughly. Repeat until desired colour is achieved.
Keyword basics, buttercream, cupcakes, vanilla