Easy Buttercream Icing

    20 minutes

    This is a quick and easy recipe for buttercream icing. It is useful to decorate just about any cake.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 250g margarine
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 5 cups icing sugar
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) milk

    Preparation:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. In a large bowl, cream margarine until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla, icing sugar and milk. Beat well.

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    This is by far the best frosting I have ever had! I made it with butter and butter flavor Crisco and I used whole milk for a more creamy frosting. I have never had so many compliments and it's so simple to make. It's so versatile that I made a double batch and used part to frost a cake and then we frosted sugar cookies. I do recommend making sure that you are beating it long enough so as to eliminate lumps of any kind and if your powdered sugar is lumpy, I would sift it before adding to the mixture. All and all- a most excellent recipe!  -  23 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made the chocolate version that someone posted in their review, replaced one cup confectioner's sugar with one cup cocoa and increased milk 1/4 cup. It tastes awesome and the texture is great! I worked at a bakery for 2 years and this is just like the frosting there, I am going to frost a cake tomorrow.  -  26 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is a simple but perfect, creamy, easily spreadable frosting that is dependable and just plain good. And it pipes well for decorations too! I just used a tad less sugar than called for, and used half and half rather than milk, which were not major alterations. Great frosting!  -  07 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)