This is a rich buttercream icing made with the addition of custard. It can be embellished by adding various flavoured liquors, aromatic essences and food colouring. This is my basic time-tested recipe for decorating cakes and cupcakes. Makes enough buttercream for one 3 to 4 layer cake or 24 cupcakes.
It is important that custard is completely cooled, otherwise it will melt the butter. The custard can be made ahead and chilled in the fridge till needed.
This recipe contains quite a bit of butter, for ease of decorating with a pastry bag and to help the piped icing to hold its shape. If you don't intend to create elaborate decorations and just want to simply ice your cake, you can decrease the butter to 200g.
For chocolate version add 1 Tablespoon cocoa-powder or Nutella. You can omit vanilla, but I really like to add 1 Tablespoon of rum or cognac to this buttercream. Other liquors can create interesting variations too: coconut (Malibu), orange (Grand Marnier), lemon (Limoncello) - depending on the cake you have in mind.
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I did not know there was another way to make buttercream icing. This is pretty good! I made it exactly as written and it turned out well. It was a little bit too buttery for my taste though. After making it I saw the note in the recipe that said you could cut the butter back to 1 cup. (I had used the full 1 1/3 cup stated in the ingredients.) So, I adjusted the mixture by adding a proportional amount of powdered sugar and vanilla to make up for the extra 1/3 cup of “extra” butter. That turned out very good! Next time I will make the recipe as written with just 1 cup of butter & update this review. Thanks again for sharing! - 21 Oct 2018 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Instead of milk, add buttermilk - 01 Aug 2018 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Good flavor, fluffy and easy to work with. A good introduction to egg buttercream frosting: not as intimidating as Italian or Swiss buttercream but not as stable in hot, humid weather. - 11 Feb 2018 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)