If you are new to making buttercream it is best to start off with a basic buttercream mix.

Here are some tips on making buttercream if your have never made it before or if you want to try new ideas.

For this you will need:

  • 100g/4oz Softened Butter
  • 200g/8oz Icing Sugar


  1. Place the softened butter in a mixing bowl and sift the icing sugar over the top.
  2. Add flavouring (see below) and cream all the ingredients together until smooth. 
  3. Add the mixture to a piping bag and swirl buttercream onto cupcakes.

To make your buttercream more tasty you can add a variety of flavours.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Banana Butter Icing:

  • 50g/2oz Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • ½ teasp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teasp Lemon Juice

Chocolate Butter Icing:

  • 1 tsp Cocoa or 25g/1oz Melted Chocolate
  • 3 drops of Vanilla Extract

Coconut Butter Icing:

  • 25g/1oz Desiccated Coconut

Lemon Butter Icing:

  • 2 tsp very finely grated Lemon Rind
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice

Orange Butter Icing:

  • 1 tsp very finely grated Orange Rind
  • 2 tsp Orange Juice
  • Some Food Coloring (Optional)

Rum Butter Icing:

  • 2 tsp Dark Rum

Vanilla Butter Icing:

  • 3 drops of Vanilla Essence

Coloured Butter Icing:

  • Just add a few drops of food coloring