Icing and Frosting

Best buttercream icing recipe – 5 ways to flavour your buttercream

Today I am taking you through the best buttercream icing recipe I came across and some ways you can follow to create magical icing!

In my belief, when a cake is first invented, humans actually did not spare any time in trying to decorate it. I try to think that this combination of flour, egg and sugar is already a pure joy granted to us. But well, as you know, humans are just nasty little rascals that easily get tired of things. Once we are used to basic and monotonous cakes, we naturally start to think that how do we suppose to improve it? How do we make it more interesting? Maybe more colours?

This is where cake decorating kicks in. Cakes decorated with different fruits and piped with various techniques showed up. And among these decorated cakes, I cannot agree more that buttercream is the greatest helper. It is the most popular ingredient used when it comes to cake decorating.

Meanwhile, I think whipped cream is worth a mention. Whipped cream has a soft and light texture and often used in decorating softer cakes. Whipped cream tastes amazing and it is easy to use and prepare but it melts in a short time when placed at room temperature.

On the other hand, buttercream has a thicker texture. Not only it can be used to decorate softer cakes such as sponge cake, it is also an awesome choice when decorating heavier cakes such as cheesecakes. Patterns piped using buttercream is fantastically clear and they last for a long time.

Alright, let’s get straight to the point. Here come my favourite and best buttercream icing recipe!

Click here to find out the four ways to make buttercream

Best buttercream icing recipe – Ingredients

250g of unsalted butter

500g of icing sugar

30-50g of milk

Few drops of vanilla extract (according to personal preference)

Best buttercream icing recipe – Steps

  1. Cut butter into smaller pieces and place at room temperature until soft.
  2. Beat the butter in a bowl until smooth by using a whisk or electric beater.
  3. Add half of the sifted icing sugar and continue beating.
  4. Incorporate the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of milk into the mixture. Beat until smooth and creamy.

Little tip: Manually mix in icing sugar before using a whisk to avoid splashes.

Flavouring your buttercream


Add a 50g of melted chocolate and 30g of cocoa powder to create a chocolaty delight. Remember to let the melted chocolate be cooled before adding it or your icing will become watery.


Incorporate 10g of sifted matcha powder into your icing. Use only high-quality matcha powder or there will be particles in your icing.


Okay, this might be my favourite. Include 3 or more tablespoons of Baileys if you prefer the seductive taste of Baileys.


Include 3 tablespoons of Nutella spread in the last step if you are a Nutella lover!


Mix in 10g of freshly squeezed lemon juice and beat until smooth.

Peanut butter

Add 2 tablespoon of smooth peanut butter if you fancy a peanutty taste.

Storage of icing

I hope that you liked this best buttercream icing recipe! If you have any question or want to share your tips with me, please feel free to leave it in the comment section! 🙂

By the way, you may store your excess icing in the fridge for up to five days. Place icing at room temperature before use as it might be hardened when stored in the fridge. If necessary, beat it until smooth before applying on a cake.

Tip: Eat it directly if you cannot resist (wink).




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