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Buttercream frosting for cupcakes

Vanilla buttercream icing for cupcakes. You can use this recipe to frost 12 cupcakes. Double the ingredients quantity for 24 cupcakes.

Video Tutorial

  • 1 cup butter, kept at room temperature
  • 3½ cups powdered sugar/icing sugar/confectioner's sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Gel food coloring(optional)
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for 3 minutes with an electric mixer until the butter turns pale and creamy.
  • Sift in 1 cup of powdered sugar, beat for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides using a spatula. Beat for 30 seconds more with mixer. Now continue the process with remaining powdered sugar adding in parts.
  • Add milk, vanilla and pinch of salt. Mix for 1 minute, scraping down the sides.
  • Add a few drops of gel food coloring. Mix it well with a spatula.
  •  Use the buttercream for piping cupcakes.
  • To make powdered sugar at home - grind/blend 3 ¼ cup white sugar and ¼ cup cornstarch together.
  • To soften cold butter - Cut it in cubes before beating( that helps in butter to soften quickly)
  • If your butter is frozen - Remove it from freezer, refrigerate it overnight and keep it at room temperature for 15 minutes before use.
  • If using liquid food coloring - Decrease the quantity of milk or increase the quantity of powdered sugar to get the perfect consistency.

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