So, you want to know how to make buttercream? Our basic buttercream recipe is sweet, fluffy and delicious, but don’t be fooled — this icing is anything but basic! The firm consistency of buttercream makes it perfect for all types of decorating projects including, stabilising multiple layers and all kinds of fancy piping effects. One thing to note when making this recipe: you may need to add extra colour to compensate for the yellow of the butter.

15 min


  1. 250g unsalted butter, softened

  2. 3 cups (450g) icing sugar, sifted

  3. Queen Flavour for Icing

  4. Queen Red Food Colour Gel


  1. Step 1

    Place butter in bowl of a stand mixing and beat on medium-high speed for 6-8 minutes until pale and fluffy.

  2. Step 2

    With mixer off, sift in icing sugar and flavour, folding to combine. Return to mixer and beat until combined, approximately 2-3 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Add Food Colour Gel and mix until desired shade is reached.

This recipe is part of our Buttercream Masterclass tutorial. Click here for more recipes, tips and tricks!

Comments & Reviews

the butter cream recipe was amazing and consistency was great though mabey next time i would use less butter/margarine because it was a bit to buttery and creamy and made me feel a bit sick after would’s but otherwise great.😊🤢😁👍


I accidently used margarine instead of butter. Turn out it good tho! Xx