My love affair with butter began from a simple brownie covered in my Mom’s chocolate buttercream icing. Ever since I can remember, home made desserts were always at hand, mostly after you finished your dinner! The best part always involved a dessert with buttercream icing. Whether it was my Mom’s baking, my Grandmother or my Babba, they all loved being in the kitchen, and this is where I found myself time after time.. the kitchen is my home, it’s where I feel happiest, it runs in my blood!
As a child I always remembered how special my parents made holidays, particularly Valentines! It involved the kitchen table decorated with sweet candies and blooming flowers, and of course my mom’s special meal for the day, breakfast, lunch or dinner, they were always made with such love and care. We always felt so special and loved!
I only hope that I can someday pass along what truly is important on holidays like Valentines day: To give Love innocently from the heart. To bring the family and loved ones together and shower them with excitement that surrounds the table, enjoying good food and good company.
This Valentines Day, I challenge you to step into the kitchen and create a special treat for your loved ones. There is nothing sweeter than having someone spend their day prepping, cooking and baking just for you!
Here you can find the best buttercream recipe around! It has evolved from the hands of the ones I love and put so much love into their baking.
Buttercream is so versatile, you can sandwich it between cookies like the french macaron, layer it on a cake, top it on a brownies, or smother it over breakfast loaves.
Then there are the flavours.. oh the flavours you can create, cinnamon, maple, raspberry, almond, cream cheese, lemon, chocolate, peppermint, strawberry, and so much more.
You can also freeze your leftover buttercream! It’s hard to always make the right amount for your recipe. Often there is extra that gets thrown out. I’m not a fan of waste, so I started freezing my extra icing for a rainy day ;) It keep 3-4 months in a air tight container in the freezer and about 4 days in the fridge. When defrosting, let it come to room temperature on its own, don’t microwave it.
The Perfect Butter Cream Icing
- 5 cups sifted icing sugar
- 1 cup Stirling Unsalted butter
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup Whipping cream
- 1 tsp pure Vanilla extract ( or any flavouring)
Making icing can be a bit of an experiment. I normally just go by feel, this recipe is a guideline for you to follow. Start with 1/2 cup of the butter and cream it with your icing sugar in a mixer on low, slowly add the whipping cream and the rest of the butter and vanilla, raise the speed to high and beat until fluffy and light. If your icing is still too thick than add more cream, if it’s too runny/soft add more sugar, if it’s too sweet add more butter.
Note: you can change out the vanilla for any flavouring like lemon, mint, or use juicy fruit like frozen raspberries or strawberries. And don’t forget about melted chocolate too!
Pair with your favourite cupcake, cookies, or brownies recipe.
You may like these recipes using Simply Sweets Buttercream Icing
Buttery Cinnamon Cookies using cinnamon icing
Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes using cream cheese icing
Cupcake turned Cookie using strawberry icing
Happy Valentines Day Friends
Love Simply Sweet