How to make cupcake icing

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How to make cupcake icing
A sweet buttercream icing goes well with any type of cupcake. (isolation of a chocolate frosted cupcake image by David Smith from

What's the best part of cupcakes? The icing, of course. A sweet buttercream icing goes well with any type of cupcake. Plus, it's easy to make.

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Things you need

  • 0.68kg. confectioners' sugar (1.5 boxes)
  • 0.227kg. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/8 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Large bowl
  • Handheld mixer

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  1. 1

    Put the butter in the mixing bowl, and whip it on high speed with the handheld mixer until it's very soft.

  2. 2

    Add 1 cup sugar. Lower the speed of the mixer, and stir the sugar and butter until they are well combined. Add the sugar 1 cup at a time until all of it is used.

  3. 3

    Pour in the milk, and mix on low speed.

  4. 4

    Add the vanilla and mix.

  5. 5

    Turn the mixer to high speed and beat the icing until it is light and fluffy, two to four minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • For extra flair, top your cupcakes with sprinkles or candy.
  • Give your icing some colour with food colouring.
  • Always wash your hands before you start a recipe.

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