19 Oct 2012

The Best Homemade Buttercreams

Hi, I know I've been posting a lot of food oriented posts this past week, and I hope you don't mind because I have tons of ideas clogging my head and I need to release them some way without forgetting them, this seemed like the perfect way, so all of us can benefit from my weird, wacky and sometimes crazy food ideas. If you hadn't noticed I've blogged everyday for just over a week and thats my plan for the current future 'Blog every day for as long as possible', so wether it be a recipe, DIY project, product review, or anything else of that sort, I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot from me. So before I get on with todays blog post I just want to say if theres anything you want me to post such as certain recipes or sorts, then leave me a comment and I will be sure to do my best with that. Ok so now thats out of the way we can get on with what you all came here to read in the first place. Buttercream! Everyone knows buttercream is a simple mixture of butter and icing sugar and sometimes that can be a bit boring, so I'm going to let you in on a few of my favourite recipes to make your buttercream that bit more interesting.

1. Salted Caramel Buttercream
First of all I'm going to tell you how to make the caramel for the salted caramel buttercream.


1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt,
 kosher or sea

1. Combine the sugar, water, and the corn syrup in a large saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. 

2. Cover the saucepan and let it cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.

3. After 3 minutes, remove the lid, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. 

4. Do not stir from this point on, but instead swirl the liquid around the pan so that the caramel doesn’t burn. 

5. Continue to cook until the caramel turns an even amber color then remove from the heat and let stand for about 30 seconds. 

6. * Be careful here * Pour the heavy cream into the mixture. The mixture will bubble up significantly and is very hot. 

7. Stir the mixture, again being careful. Add the butter, lemon juice, and salt. Stir until combined.  

8. Measure 1 cup into a Pyrex measuring cup. Stirring occasionally, allow to cool until thick like molasses and warm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Save any extra in a sealed container in the refrigerator. 

Ok, so now you've made your salted caramel it's time to make the buttercream.


2 sticks butter at room temperature 
8 ounces of cream cheese

3-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 cup salted caramel (recipe above)


1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy.
2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar into butter/cream cheese mixture and beat until combined

 3. Add 1 cup of the salted caramel and beat to combine.
4. Add additional powdered sugar until the frosting is the sweetness and consistency you desire.

2. Strawberry Marshmallow Buttercream

This one is one of my favourites, its so creamy and light and has that great strawberry taste. 


2 tubs of marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup powdered/icing sugar
3 sticks unsalted butter (softened) 
Strawberry extract (can be substituted fro vanilla or any flavour you prefer) 
pink food colouring 


1) Whip the two containers of marshmallow fluff in a mixer

2) Gradually mix in the softened butter 1 tablespoon at a time to the marshmallow (beat well)

3) Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and beat well until combined

4) Add 2-3 drops of strawberry extract and 1-2 drops of pink food colouring and stir until completely mixed in.

3. Marshmallow Melt
Heres a quick alternative to buttercream to top your cupcakes, its quick easy and simple to do.

Large marshmallows

1) When cupcake have 5 minutes left to bake, top them all with a single marshmallow,

2) The marshmallow will melt on top and turn into a simple buttercream/icing alternative

 4. Nutella buttercream
I saved the best for last here, this one is my all time favourite buttercream, here it is;


1 cup butter
2/3 cup Nutella
6 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream


1) Cream butter and Nutella with a electric mixer until fully combined together and there are no streaks

2) With mixer on low speed add 6 cups of powdered sugar (one at a time) 

3) Finally add in the whipping cream and keep mixing until light and fluffy

4) If buttercream is to thin add more powdered sugar and if to thick add more whipping cream until you have the right consistency

5) Pipe onto cupcakes and enjoy!

Well, thats all I have for today, I hope you enjoyed and if you have a favourite buttercream recipe that you would like to share them please leave it in a comment so we can all have a go at it. As always thanks for reading and I'll see you tomorrow with another blog post. 

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a good day,
Rachel Ward


  1. Thanks for your sweet comments Rachel. I have no clue about how to do things on my blog but I am slowly learning. Anyone that loves a bargain and uses coupons is a friend in my book and the cupcakes look scrumptious(awesome photos too!) Looking forward to what you do next. :) Jen

    1. aww, thank you so much, you've made my day ! Im glad you like my blog it makes me so happy. I've got loads more blog posts up my sleeve so you wont be waiting long :)

  2. These looks delicious! :) Thanks for the comment on my blog post! :)

  3. Thanks for your sweet comment Rachel. I love being in the kitchen too and those Nutella cupcakes look awesome!

    1. thank you, they really are, they taste heavenly :)

  4. These buttercreams sound phenomenal!!! I've never been great at making buttercream but I'm guessing this is my chance to try something rather than plain old butter cream!!! This is going on my to do list for this week! Thanks for the comment I've enjoyed your blog!!!

    1. Thank you so much I m glad you found it interesting, and I would love to hear how your buttercream turns out :)

  5. Hi Rachel, Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and for the compliment. It still needs a lot of work around, but anyway, pretty blog you got! And those cupcakes really looks delish. I think on making some cupcake treats this Halloween and I might just use your recipe. Nutella butter cream sounds good! Thanks! xox Seny

    1. Thanks, yeah the Nutella on is my favourite it goes well with a caramel or double chocolate cupcake :)

  6. Wow these cupcakes look fabulous! Your piping skills are fantastic and your ideas are so creative! Can't wait to see more of your wonderful products! Thank you for your lovely and uplifting comment on my blog! :-)

  7. your cupcakes look yum, lovely photos, found u via baking addict :)