Funnily enough, this was a post that I’d thought about writing and then for some reason, didn’t. But last week when I posted my “Tips on getting the perfect cupcakes” post, a few people asked me to write one on getting the perfect icing. So, here I am with my tips on making your icing look fab!
Again, I just want to stress that I am in no way an expert nor am I telling you what to do, I’m just sharing what works for me.
I’m going to give you my tips for Buttercream icing in this post but I will also be posting another on Royal icing too on Thursday if that’s what you’re struggling with!
Buttercream is the most popular frosting for cakes (especially cupcakes) and is probably my favourite to use! I’m going to try and pack in a lot to this to help those of you who have asked, so get ready for a bit of a long post!
You will need:
- 100g softened butter
- 175-225g Icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Use 225g of icing sugar if you’re planning on piping! The icing will need to be thicker and less runny, so I always use 225g of icing sugar if I’m planning on piping the buttercream. (That’s obviously if you use my recipe!)
Never use butter straight out of the fridge! Always make sure it has had time to soften before you start mixing it.
Never ice a hot/warm cake! It will make your icing go funny, so always make sure your cake is completely cold before icing (even the bottom of it as the heat will rise!)
The type of nozzle you use will depend on how your icing pipes- For example, I always use a star nozzle when I pipe buttercream on my cupcakes, it gives them a cool effect. Just play around with different nozzles, they can all do different effects!
When you do either of these piping techniques, make sure you have plenty of buttercream in your piping bag because you will need to pipe continuously, if you have to stop and refill it won’t look as nice.
Another request- funnily enough I’ve been doing some research on this because I was having trouble with colouring my icing and was wondering whether to share it on my blog and thought people might find it boring but here goes!