Butter icing

    10 min

    This is an easy to follow recipe for a smooth butter icing which can be used to fill and ice cakes, cupcakes and more. This isn't as rich as buttercream, but it's just as versatile. For variations in flavour, try adding instant coffee granules for a coffee icing, ground ginger, vanilla bean seeds, or cocoa powder.


    Dorset, England, UK
    21 people made this

    Serves: 1 

    • 170g (6 oz) icing sugar
    • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 55g (2 oz) butter

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. For a smooth icing sieve icing sugar into a bowl. Heat syrup, milk and butter in a saucepan and add to the sugar. Mix together, until well combined. Use immediately.
    2. For a stiffer fudge icing, allow the mixture to cool in the fridge, for a few hours or overnight. Remove from fridge and beat well. Use to pipe onto cupcakes or to spread over your cake.

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    A very easy icing to make , I made double & put the butter and syrup in the microwave for 60sec to soften then gradually added the icing suger , I wasn't sure if I would need the milk , so I added it right at the end and beated it in with a wooden spoon , a lovely smooth and tasty icing for my daughters 18 th birthday cake & everyone loved it  -  13 Jul 2014


    Fab alternative to butter icing, not too sweet. Everyone loved it 😁  -  30 Jun 2014


    Absolutely gorgeous buttercream type icing. I added cocoa powder like the recipe suggested and it was so, so yummy! Will definitely be making this again. With my little girl next time though perhaps.  -  08 Sep 2015