How to Make Butter Icing (Buttercream icing)

Butter icing (buttercream icing) serves as a yummy topping for Cakes, biscuits and a lot more. It is also used as a coating for cakes before covering with fondant.
Butter icing (buttercream icing) is easy to prepare and does not require a lot of ingredients.

You’ll need:

– 200 grams Butter (softened at room temperature, don’t melt in microwave
– 400 grams Icing Sugar (sifted)
4 tablespoonful Milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract(optional)
(if using powdered milk, dissolve1 tablespoonful of milk in 4 tablespoonful water)


1. Place the soft butter in a wide bowl and beat until it is white, light and fluffy.

2. Then, gradually add the icing sugar and continue beating until the mixture is  fluffy again.

3. Finally, add the milk and vanilla (if you’re using any) and beat until well
combined and smooth.

Now you have a yummy Butter icing (buttercream icing) for your  cake frosting , icing and decorations.

Cake lightly coated with Butter Icing (Buttercream icing)


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  1. Christiana
    March 20, 2021 / 5:58 pm


  2. Old lady
    March 13, 2021 / 1:29 pm

    Thanks allot for this step by step instructions would’ve made a big mess without this 🙏

  3. Salimot
    March 11, 2021 / 1:38 pm

    The articles are well explained and very informative

  4. Blessing Anochie
    March 9, 2021 / 1:02 pm

    Thanks for the tips, I’ll try it for my sons birthday

  5. Khadijah
    February 20, 2021 / 11:54 pm

    Nice.. It was helpful

  6. Chidimma
    February 3, 2021 / 8:03 pm

    Thanks. I really love it. But I also wanted pictures

  7. Akudo
    January 31, 2021 / 2:32 pm

    Thanks for making the butter icing post very easy to understand. God bless your efforts.

  8. Bukky
    December 24, 2020 / 8:37 am

    My problem is piping on cakes and how I can use back colouring to write name on cake

  9. Oluranti
    November 3, 2020 / 10:10 am

    Thanks so much for this post it has really helped me. More wisdom and God bless you.

  10. Ademola Odunayo
    October 6, 2020 / 2:50 pm

    Am so glad for dis page it has really helped me so much

  11. Lucy Akata
    September 21, 2020 / 9:50 am

    Thanks so much for your post, especially the one on how to prepare fondant from scratch. God bless you !

  12. Itoro Williams
    September 7, 2020 / 11:59 pm

    I love this. Everything is well explained.

  13. Remmh
    August 22, 2020 / 2:38 pm

    Thanks for your well explanations, thank you.

  14. Konyinsola
    July 9, 2020 / 11:46 am

    Thanks a lot.your post are so helpful

  15. hamdalah
    June 13, 2020 / 10:15 am

    Thanks for the lesson

  16. Victor
    May 14, 2020 / 4:35 am

    Nice keep it up

  17. Joy Francis
    April 26, 2020 / 1:38 pm

    The cakes are really beautiful, please how can I make cove my cake with just butter icing

    • April 29, 2020 / 4:17 pm

      Thanks Joy, the process is easy but lengthy to write here.
      so I will make a special post for that,
      hope you are subscribed ,so that you get notified when new posts are uploaded.

  18. Kprowe Blessing
    January 16, 2020 / 12:39 pm

    Thanks for this tips.

  19. Ayobami
    December 5, 2019 / 9:54 pm

    Thanks for the teaching. Please is the milk and vanilla extract compulsory in butter icing?

  20. Florence
    May 20, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    You are absolutely amazing and a wonderful teacher. I used ypyo making cake method and my cake turned out great. I’ve never ever made fondant in my life or seen where it is made. But I used your recipe to make my first cake decorations. And I’m sooooooo proud of myself. Thank you

    • May 24, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Hi Florence , I am super glad you enjoyed the recipe
      and so happy that you got the fondant at first try.
      Thank you so much for your beautiful feedback ,
      you made me blush ☺

  21. Johnmajoe
    April 5, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Can i used egg white,icing sugar,glycerine,vanilla essence and colourings to ice my cake

  22. Anonymous
    April 2, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Nky thanks for the steps u hv been showing. please I want steps on how apply butter icing on my cake

  23. Anonymous
    September 1, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Thanks a lot, i try to gt my butter icing white but it doesn't get white,what do i do pls?

  24. annie candy
    July 5, 2017 / 5:25 am

    Enter your comment…Thanks so much ma……please I want to know if I can add color to my butter icing and use it in pumping for my cake decoration

  25. Anonymous
    June 27, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Tanx for d recipe

  26. odinaka ajah
    April 27, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Enter your comment…can i heat the buttercream before using it to decorant my cake.

  27. odinaka ajah
    April 27, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Enter your comment…should i heat the buttercream after mixture before decorating.

  28. Uyai
    March 29, 2017 / 12:10 am

    Please Nky I want to make buttercream icing for my friend what type of butter and icing sugar should I use? And she demand for blue and white as her colour. I also have dry milk flavour how do I make use of the milk and and combine her two colours for her, plz hlp me tnx.

  29. Precious
    January 19, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Hi Nky great job you're doing! Please my question is just a tiny one: what brand of butter do you recommend for butter icing that can withstand Nigerian heat? I noticed imported brands like oldenburger, elle and vire always melt I about 30 minutes. And getting crisco is almost impossible and even at when I once found it, th price scared me away. I hope you get to see my message. Thanks a lot.

  30. Anonymous
    October 24, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Enter your comment…Thank you very much, ma. You are too good

  31. Anonymous
    October 24, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Enter your comment…Thank you very much, ma. You are too good

  32. Abiola Temitayo
    August 15, 2016 / 7:38 am

    Enter your comment…why is it that while am baking, the whole side will be done and the middle is not yet done?

  33. Jane Okereke
    June 6, 2016 / 11:15 am

    can apricot jam serve the purpose of butter cream

  34. Jessica
    December 19, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    When will you launch an application or a TV channel…. You are good

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 3:28 pm

      Thanks Jessica,the app is in progress .

  35. Anonymous
    December 5, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Can butter icing dry and strong?

  36. Anonymous
    May 29, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Can't I use butter and sugar for the butter icing. Must it be icing sugar

  37. Anonymous
    May 19, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Pls can i use the butter icing to decorate the cake like royal icing ma

  38. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 / 6:31 am

    Thanks a lot for all ur good works God bless pls ma.How can I make butter icing with chocolate colour can I make use of cocoa powder or what and how do I make royal icing

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 22, 2015 / 1:06 pm

      Recipe coming soon 🙂

    • Lilian Smart
      October 14, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      God bless you namesake.

  39. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 / 6:18 am

    Pls how do I make royal icing

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 22, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Steps coming soon 🙂

  40. Anonymous
    April 29, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    How can I make a butter icing but with chocolate colour. And also need tip about how to make royal icing

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 22, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Recipe coming soon 🙂

  41. Anonymous
    April 29, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Pls I need your help with how to make royal icing I wanna use it 4 my cake. Thanks alot

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 22, 2015 / 1:05 pm

      Recipe coming soon 🙂

  42. Anonymous
    March 24, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    please can these survive the nigerian heat

  43. Anonymous
    November 15, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    Pls how do I make it strong for decorations its too light and is not staying on my cake. Pls advice

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 17, 2014 / 9:52 am

      Add a little icing sugar to make the mixture thicker.

    • Anonymous
      January 1, 2015 / 4:09 pm

      My skul made butter cream icing nd it was yellow on d cake hw come it white

    • billy sule
      April 2, 2015 / 7:46 am

      It's because of the milk

    • Anonymous
      June 6, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      u can use food colour

  44. Anonymous
    July 16, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    Is milk necessary? Or what is the function of the milk? I have always do it without milk

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 16, 2014 / 2:22 pm

      Milk only makes the consistency lighter