How to Make the Perfect Buttercream Frosting

How to make the perfect smooth creamy vanilla buttercream for icing and filling cakes and cupcakes.

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How to Make the Perfect Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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Measure out the butter into one mixing bowl, and the icing sugar into another.

Measure out the butter into one mixing bowl, and the icing sugar into another.

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Chop the butter into smaller pieces to make the whisking easier.

Chop the butter into smaller pieces to make the whisking easier.

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Beat the butter with the whisk for about 4-5 minutes. The butter will get paler in colour and become creamy.

Beat the butter with the whisk for about 4-5 minutes. The butter will get paler in colour and become creamy.

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Getting paler ...

Getting paler ...

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... and paler ...

... and paler ...

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... until the butter is almost white in colour.

... until the butter is almost white in colour.

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Now add the icing sugar, a couple of spoonfuls at a time, beating each time. (Any more sugar than this and it will cloud up and cover the kitchen)

Now add the icing sugar, a couple of spoonfuls at a time, beating each time. (Any more sugar than this and it will cloud up and cover the kitchen)

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Keep adding the sugar...

Keep adding the sugar...

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... about halfway through, add a teaspoon of the vanilla extract... then keep adding the sugar.

... about halfway through, add a teaspoon of the vanilla extract... then keep adding the sugar.

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Once all the sugar has been added, you will get quite a rough consistency. Add a splash of milk and beat well for 2-3 minutes...

Once all the sugar has been added, you will get quite a rough consistency. Add a splash of milk and beat well for 2-3 minutes...

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And you will get a lovely smooth creamy consistency!

And you will get a lovely smooth creamy consistency!

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Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag...

Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag...

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... and you are ready to decorate your cakes and cupcakes!

... and you are ready to decorate your cakes and cupcakes!

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Enjoy!!

Enjoy!!

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