Simple buttercream icing

Simple buttercream icing
  • Serves icon Makes enough for one large cake
  • Time icon Hands-on time 5 minutes

A quick and easy buttercream icing recipe – made with icing sugar, butter and cream cheese – to use on cupcakes, fairy cakes or birthday cakes.

Add another classic icing to your baking repertoire, with our homemade royal icing recipe.


  • 300g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 200g full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 500g icing sugar


  1. Put the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl (see tips) and beat with an electric mixer until combined and smooth.
  2. Sift in the icing sugar in batches, beating well between each addition until smooth.

delicious. tips

  1. The butter and cream cheese for the buttercream need to be at the same temperature before they’re mixed. Take them out of the fridge at the same time to warm up. If your buttercream is too soft after mixing, chill until firmer.


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