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Basic Buttercream Recipe

This buttercream is a basic vanilla frosting. Add your food colours or other flavours to make it your own!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups icing sugar (more or less depending on your own taste)
  • 1/4 cup full cream or milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • orange food colouring

Chocolate buttercream

  • 1/2 the butter cream
  • 2 ounces melted chocolate, cooled
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (or more to taste)
  • black food colouring


  1. Beat the sugar until pale in colour. On low speed add the vanilla. Slowly add the icing sugar. If the mixture is too thick, add some of the full cream/milk. Make sure to scrape the sides as needed. Once all the ingredients are incorporated, beat the buttercream on high for 5-10 minutes, or until it looks nice and fluffy. 

  2. To make the chocolate butter cream, add 1/2 the buttercream mixture into a separate bowl. Add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder. 

  3. Add the food colouring to the respective frostings until you achieve your desired colour. Pipe away!