This is the simplest way to make buttercream. There are professional methods but this is the easy version that is just as delicious.


100g softened butter

300g icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

1 1/2 Tbs. coffee powder (dissolved in 1 1/2 tsp hot water, leave to cool)


  1. Sift the icing sugar through a sieve for a silky smooth result in the buttercream.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter together and whisk until it lightens in colour…
  3. …only to get dark again when you pour in the coffee. Pour in the coffee.
  4. Whisk until smoothily combined. It should hold up shape when you hold the whisk up. If it’s still gloopy, add more icing sugar.

I cannot stress this enough, don’t put the butter in the microwave for even five seconds to attempt to “soften” it faster. It will not work. Trust me. I made that mistake before attending culinary school. Plan a day ahead if you want to bake something, and leave the butter out overnight.

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