This Thermomix Buttercream Icing recipe is so super quick and easy - you will have delicious fluffy frosting in just a couple of minutes.
What's a cupcake without a big healthy swirl of sweet and creamy frosting? You could stay it's the whole point of cupcakes...
My kids are obsessed with cupcakes and are always asking me to make them. I also love to make cupcakes for friends - there's just something special about turning up with a box of beautifully iced cupcakes to put a smile on people's faces.
I used to shy away from making homemade frosting as I really struggled with getting it the right consistency for piping.
But shop bought frosting just doesn't taste so good, so I finally put my big-girl brave-boots on and decided to play around with the recipes and came up with this buttercream icing Thermomix recipe, which works perfectly every time.
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- Thermomix Chocolate Cupcakes
- Thermomix Vanilla Cupcakes
- Thermomix Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Thermomix Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Why you'll love this recipe
- This buttercream recipe works perfectly every time thanks to the Thermomix.
- It makes easy-to-pipe frosting.
- It makes sweet, creamy, delicious frosting that will finish off your cupcakes perfectly.
- It's super quick and easy to make.
This buttercream recipe uses just four store-cupboard ingredients, plus food colouring if you wish.
- Icing sugar - I find shop-bought icing sugar to be the best. You can also make your own icing sugar in the Thermomix by adding sugar to the bowl and blitzing for around 30 seconds on speed 10. However, I still prefer the consistency you get from shop-bought icing sugar.
- Butter - for best results I use butter straight from the fridge and chop it up into pieces before adding to the Thermomix bowl. A lot of buttercream recipes say to use room temperature butter, but you get much better piping consistency with this Thermomix recipe if you use cold butter from the fridge.
- Food colouring (optional) - gel food colouring works best.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
You will also need
- Piping bags - I use 12-inch bags from Wilton.
- Icing Tips - I swear by tips Wilton 1M and Wilton 1A. See below for more information.
Making Thermomix Icing
Making buttercream in the Thermomix could not be easier and takes just a couple of minutes.
The first step I do for Thermomix frosting is to blitz the icing sugar on speed 9 for 10 seconds just to make sure there are no lumps and it is super fine. And set it aside.
Then soften the butter for 30 seconds on speed 5 until it is nice and creamy.
Then throw in all the ingredients: milk, vanilla and icing sugar and mix it for another 30 seconds on speed 5. Job done.
Thermomix Chocolate Icing
You can also slightly adapt this recipe to make Thermomix chocolate buttercream, which is also insanely delicious.
To do this, just swap out 60g of the icing sugar for cocoa powder. So you will have:
- 370g icing sugar
- 225g butter
- 60g cocoa powder
- 70g milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
The method is the same as above, just add the cocoa to the softened butter along with the rest of the ingredients.
Tips for icing cupcakes with buttercream
Getting beautiful swirls on your cupcakes really isn't difficult with just a little practice.
I really believe a lot of it comes down to having the right tools. For me that comes down to just two things: large piping tips and piping bags.
Using Icing Tips
Trying to frost a cupcake with a small icing tip is always a recipe for disaster. To make your life much easier, you need to start off with a LARGE ICING TIP.
Obviously there are loads of other piping tips you can try depending on the look you are trying to achieve, but starting off with the above two is a safe bet.
Filling piping bags
The other thing you need is a large enough piping bag. I tend to just use the Wilton 12-inch bags, but you can also get 16-inch ones. These bags require you to cut the end where you want to put your piping tip.
To do this - put the piping tip in the piping bag first and scratch a mark with your scissors or mark with a pen for where you want to make the cut (half way up the tip). Then remove the piping tip and cut along the line you made.
Now put the piping tip back in the bag and you are ready to fill it with icing. I find this easiest to pop the bag into a tall cup or glass so that it can stand upright while I fill it. You can then fold the bag edges over the rim of the cup.
There are loads of different techniques you can use for frosting. For a basic swirl on your cupcake (using either the 1M or 1A), start with the icing tip on the outside of the cupcake.
Use even pressure and squeeze from the top of the icing bag and slowly create your swirl, moving to the middle of the cupcake and upwards.
Seriously, if my 9-year old daughter can do it - so can you!
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Thermomix Buttercream Icing
- Wilton Icing Tips
- 430 g icing sugar
- 225 g butter straight from fridge
- 70 g milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Few drops food coloring optional
- Add icing sugar to Thermomix bowl. Whizz for 10 seconds / speed 9. Set aside.
- Chop butter into pieces and add to bowl. Mix to soften for 30 seconds / speed 5.
- Add the milk, vanilla extract, icing sugar and food coloring (if using). Mix 30 seconds / speed 5.
- Transfer to piping bag for frosting cupcakes.