In this article, we'll explore everything you need to know about buttercream, including what it is, how to make it, and some creative and delicious ways to use it. From frosting a cake to making a buttercream glaze, we've got you covered. So, get ready to whip up some magic in the kitchen with these mouth-wateringly delicious buttercream recipe ideas!
What is buttercream exactly?
Buttercream is the life of any party - it's that creamy, sugary goodness that makes cakes, cupcakes, and all kinds of baked goods extra special. Basically, it's the frosting on the cake (pun intended).
It's made from a mix of butter, powdered sugar, milk or cream, and other tasty ingredients depending on the buttercream recipe you follow.
But the best part about buttercream is how versatile it is. You can make it soft and creamy for spreading, or firm and pipeable for decorating. And you can flavour and colour it in all kinds of ways, so it's perfect for any occasion
4 lip-smacking ways to enjoy buttercream
Frosting and filling a cake
Buttercream icing is the perfect choice for frosting and filling cakes. To frost a cake, spread a thick layer of buttercream between each layer and around the sides and top. Chill the cake in the fridge for 30 minutes before adding the final layer of extra frosting.
To fill a cake, simply spread a thick layer of buttercream between the layers before stacking them together. It's a classic and delicious choice that will make your cakes extra special.
Looking to try out a delicious dessert that utilises the sweetness of buttercream? Look no further than our delicious carrot cake recipe, featuring a creamy and dreamy buttercream frosting that will take your taste buds to the next level. Give it a try and discover a new favourite dessert!
Creating a buttercream glaze
Buttercream glaze is a thin and runny version of traditional buttercream frosting that's perfect for drizzling over cakes, pastries, and other baked goods. To make it, simply whisk together powdered sugar, butter, and a splash of milk until smooth and creamy. Adding milk to the buttercream makes it more malleable and easier to work with, so you can get the perfect consistency for your glaze.
Drizzle or dip your baked goods into the glaze for a delicious finishing touch that will take your desserts to the next level.
Making cookie sandwiches
Buttercream frosting makes a perfect filling for cookie sandwiches. To make them, bake your favourite cookies and let them cool completely. Then, spread a layer of buttercream on the bottom of one cookie and place another cookie on top. Repeat until you have as many cookie sandwiches as you want. You can also add toppings like sprinkles or crushed nuts for extra flavour and texture.
Try out our popular chocolate ice cream sandwich recipe and substitute the ice cream for buttercream.
Pairing it with fruit
Pairing buttercream frosting with fresh fruit is a delicious and easy way to add some variety to your dessert menu. Simply wash and cut your favourite fruits, arrange them on a plate, and spoon a dollop of buttercream frosting on top. For extra sweetness, add chopped nuts or grated coconut. It's a perfect option for those looking for a lighter and fresher dessert option
Try our delicious buttercream recipe
Find out how to make buttercream by following our popular buttercream recipe.
You’ll also need 500g of Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Cane Icing Sugar for this recipe, so be sure to stock up!
You can also check out our Ultimate Guide to Making Buttercream for even more handy hints and top tips!
Buttercream recipe FAQs
Can you freeze buttercream?
Yes, buttercream frosting can be frozen. Simply transfer it to an airtight container or freezer bag and label it with the date and type of frosting. When you're ready to use it, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then give it a good stir or whip it again to restore its smooth texture. It’s worth noting that freezing and thawing may change the texture and consistency of the frosting.
How long does buttercream last in the fridge?
Leftover buttercream can last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks if stored properly in an airtight container. Keep in mind that the shelf life of buttercream may vary depending on factors like ingredients, preparation, and storage. If the buttercream has an unusual smell, appearance, or taste, it's best to discard it to be safe.