Judy's Buttercream Frosting

    15 min

    This is a basic buttercream frosting recipe, which you can enjoy as is or colour with food colouring to decorate birthday cakes, cupcakes, etc. If your icing sugar is lumpy, sift it into the butter for easier beating.

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    Serves: 15 

    • 175g butter
    • 750g icing sugar
    • 75ml milk
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 7 drops food colouring (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add half of the sifted icing sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the vanilla, salt, and 75ml of the milk. Gradually beat in the remaining icing sugar. Beat in additional milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) if needed, to make frosting of spreading consistency.
    2. If desired tint the frosting with 6 to 8 drops of food colouring.

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    Easy to make and tastes lovely and sets well, enough to ice one cake middle and top and also 24 cupcakes!! lush!  -  02 Nov 2013


    Great frosting, this recipe was the best tasting. Thank you Judy  -  17 Jan 2014


    this is the first time That i have made frosting, I was a little unsure and checked out loads of recipes dubiously settling for this one as it had no reviews but I had most of the things in the house. It was a success to say the least. I frosted my daughters cake. It went on beautifully, coloured with food dye beautifully and 'set' nicely not hard. I also used it to fill the sandwich part with an additional layer of jam. Perfect. I cannot recommend this recipe highly enough. Simple, works and brill for the first time froster ie ME!!  -  01 May 2013