Buttercream for the soul

Just a short one singing the praises of buttercream…


Chocolate buttercream is so delicious that when I made this batch I have to admit I probably ate almost a quarter of it before it even made it to the cake… Here is the recipe!

Ingredients (enough to fill a 20cm cake)

75g/3oz/6tbsp unsalted butter, softened
175g/6oz/1 cup icing sugar
15ml/1tbsp cocoa powder
2.5ml/ 1/2tsp vanilla essence
2-3tsp milk


Put all the ingredients in a bowl or food processor and beat well until smooth. It’s really that simple!

Other flavours include:

Simple Buttercream – 75g butter, 225g icing sugar, 1tsp vanilla essence, 2-3tsp milk

Coffee Buttercream – stir 2tsp of instant coffee into 1tbsp boiling water, and add to Simple Buttercream instead of                                              milk

Mocha Buttercream – stir 1tsp of cocoa powder into 2tsp of boiling water, beat into Simple Buttercream. Add a few                                            drops of coffee essence


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