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Vanilla Buttercream

Before I started Happy Hungry Hijabi, I ran a home based customised cakes and cupcakes business for over 6 years. It was a wonderful experience sharing in other people's special events and making their events extra special. This meant that I was piping hundreds of cupcakes and frosting dozens of cakes each week. Baking has always been such a passion for me. I find it so light and therapeutic, especially on a bad day, decorating a cake can just make everything better.

A lot of people ask for my recipes and I wasn't sure how I would go about sharing them. So I decided to just publish them onto the blog for you all to share with your loved ones. And I wanted to start off with my velvety rich vanilla buttercream. This recipe is so easy, a classic. But I love how I can throw everything into the mixer and let it do its thing. I know it seems like a long time, but I let my mixer beat this buttercream for around 8-10 minutes. This results in a smooth, velvety, melt-in-your-mouth texture, which pairs beautifully with the cake.

I have tried many a cake, however I do not like the pairing of overly sweet cake and overly sweet frosting. So I balance it out by baking a less sweeter cake.

Preparation Time 15 minutes

Makes 600 grams Vanilla Buttercream


250 grams unsalted butter

450 grams icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons double cream


  1. Place the butter, salt and vanilla in a stand mixer attached with the paddle attachment. Beat the butter on a medium speed for 3 minutes until creamy and pale.

  2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  3. Add the sugar a cup at a time, to avoid a big mess. Beat on a low speed until all the sugar has mixed in with the butter. Once no dry sugar remains, increase the mixer speed to high and beat for another 5-6 minutes until thick and creamy.

  4. If the butter is too thick, slowly add the cream until the mixture is smooth and pipeable. you may not need all the cream. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.

  5. Colour the buttercream as needed. To colour buttercream: start off with a couple drops of colour, mix well, gradually add a couple more drops and mix until you get the shade you desire.

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