Vanilla Buttercream

    5 min

    This buttercream is bursting with vanilla flavour. Use all-natural vanilla extract for best results. It is very well suited to decorating cakes, tarts, muffins and cupcakes, and will become your go-to buttercream recipe, guaranteed!

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    Serves: 10 

    • 60g butter, room temperature
    • 120ml milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 375g icing sugar (more if necessary)

    Prep:5min  ›  Ready in:5min 

    1. Beat the butter for 2-3 minutes until fluffy. Mix the milk with the vanilla extract and mix into the butter at a low speed alternately with the icing sugar, until the mixture is light and fluffy. If it is too thin, add more icing sugar.

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    Doubled the quantity as needed to ice more than 10 cupcakes. This doesn't work. The result was almost pure liquid and disgustingly sweet! It may be fine following the recipe as written but would be interested to know if this is the case.  -  18 Aug 2011


    Terrible recipe! Adding so much milk makes it very watery and a very pale colour. I wasted so much time and ingredients on this!!!  -  30 Aug 2013


    Was incredibly watery. I followed the exact recipes and added almost 200g more of icing sugar and it is still a liquid. Was wondering if you meant less milk, as I never put milk in my buttercream and it always works?  -  29 Aug 2013