Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Basic buttercream frosting

  • makes enough to ice 12 cupcakes or fill and ice a 20cm cake
  • Easy

Whether eaten straight from the bowl with a spoon, or licked off the top of a cupcake, we all love buttercream. Here's how to master it


Follow our expert tips on how to make buttercream:



  • unsalted butter 125g, softened and cubed
  • icing sugar 250g, sifted
  • whole milk 1½ tbsp
  • vanilla extract 1 tsp


  • Step 1

    Beat the softened butter using either a hand mixer or free-standing electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add the icing sugar in 3 separate additions and beat fully between each. Add the vanilla and milk and beat to fully combine. On full speed beat the buttercream for at least 5 minutes until fluffy, smooth and lighten in colour.

  • Step 2

    Spread and fill a 20cm cake or fill a large pipping bag and pipe over cupcakes.