Vanilla bean buttercream


Makes enough to fill and decorate a 9″ cake


  • 200g butter, softened
  • 3 – 4 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 – 3 Tbsp milk to thin


  1. Beat butter with paddle attachment or wooden spoon until smooth.
  2. Add 3 cups of icing sugar, one cup at a time. Mix until well combined and smooth.
  • If icing is too thin, incrementally add remaining icing sugar until reach desired consistency.
  • If icing is too thick, add milk by the tablespoon until reach desired consistency
  1. Once happy with the consistency, scoop out approx. ½ cup of buttercream and place in small bowl. Add vanilla bean paste and mix until well combined. Spread across bottom cake before sandwiching them together.
  2. Tint the remaining buttercream to your desired shade, then decorate cake as desired.

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