Compared to basic buttercream, the French method of adding sugar syrup creates a much smoother finish. Take the richness up a notch with egg yolks and you’ve got yourself one sexy, silky icing!

Prep:
20 min

Ingredients

  1. 230g unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2/3 cup caster sugar
  3. 3 tbsp water
  4. 5 large egg yolks
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. Queen Unicorn Dream Flavour for Icing
  7. Queen Red Food Colour Gel
  8. Queen Blue Food Colour Gel

Method

  1. Step 1

    Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, add yolks and salt to bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on high speed until pale and thick.

  3. Step 3

    When syrup reaches softball stage (114°C) remove from heat. With mixer on low speed, slowly and carefully add syrup to yolks. Stop pouring every 10 seconds and increase speed to high, then switch to low and drizzle in more syrup until fully incorporated.

  4. Step 4

    After all syrup has been added, beat on high until mixture has cooled to room temperature - about 10 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Switch to paddle attachment and add butter one cube at a time, mixing well between each addition.

  6. Step 6

    Add Unicorn Dream and Food Colour Gel and mix until desired shade is achieved.

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

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