Cheerful butter icing

    10 minutes

    Great for any cake or cupcake, easy to pipe, can also be used on biscuits. I recommend this icing if you have to take your cake/s to a party, as plastic wrap will not stick to it and make a mess. This made icing for 24 cupcakes.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 165 grams butter, softened
    • 4 cups icing sugar
    • 40 ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 4 drops of food colouring

    Preparation:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Place butter in microwave for a few seconds if it is not very soft.
    2. In a medium bowl cream the butter, icing sugar and milk until it is light and fluffy. This may take up to 5 minutes.
    3. Add the vanilla and food colouring, and beat until well combined. Fill piping bag with icing, and decorate your creations.
    4. Any leftover icing will keep in a tightly closed container for a few days, simply melt it in the microwave before use, or let it reach room temperature on the kitchen bench.

    Colour variations

    You can add a few more drops of food colouring but if you want a really vibrant colour, you should consider using some colour paste as too much liquid food colouring can alter the taste. Once you have tried this recipe, feel free to play around with the colour, and substituting other liquids for the milk. For example, a brown icing could be made with coffee or chocolate milk or chai tea instead of milk, an orange icing could be made with orange juice.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I used much less milk for a thicker icing. This recipe made more than enough to cover a 25cm diameter cake (top and sides) with a cupfull leftover.  -  10 Nov 2008


    Used different ingredients. I made this again, but made it chocolaty by substituting 1/2 cup of the icing sugar with 1/2 cup of cocoa. It turned out great! I used it on the chocolate cupcakes found here:  -  26 Oct 2008


    Super easy! Super delicious! Sweet and buttery like it should be! Easy to spread and pipe! This will definitely be my regular icing recipe! Easily covered a 22cm round 8cm high cake with some left over.  -  29 Jan 2011