This is the most basic buttercream frosting recipe. Don’t let its simplicity fool you as it is super delicious! This buttercream is used extensively in cake and cupcake decoration, from the crumb coat to frosting the whole cake with it, to even having it as the main cake decoration choice and even piping shapes, flowers as well as using it as a decorations binder (glue)… This is the recipe you will need to have as you will use over and over and over!
Even if not for decorating, you can simply spread the buttercream over the top of a cake or cupcake, then it can also be topped with the desired garnish (fruits, chocolate shavings, modelled decorations, marzipan fruits…etc). Finally, the easiest way to add colour, texture, flavour and shape to your cupcakes is by simply placing the buttercream in a piping bag with a large tip, and pipe swirls over the cupcakes. Really there is no limit to how you can use this delicious frosting!
Since we are talking cake and cupcake decorating basics, I have included for you a fantastic video on how to pipe roses over a cupcake to transform it from just a cupcake into a beautiful and irresistible one. The techniques used in the video are basic and with a bit of practice you will master them in no time. They are very useful to know even for creating other designs. This is not limited to cupcakes, this can actually also be done on a large cake.