Chocolate buttercream icing recipe

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Our easy chocolate buttercream icing recipe from Primrose Bakery is the best. Top your cakes or cupcakes than with a rich and creamy chocolate buttercream

Chocolate buttercream icing recipe
Serves
SkillEasy
Total Time10 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Our easy chocolate buttercream icing recipe from the Primrose Bakery is the best. Top your cakes or cupcakes than with a rich and creamy chocolate buttercream. This classic recipe tops 16 regular sized cupcakes and makes a dense, rich chocolate buttercream that is bursting with chocolate flavour. It will take only 10 mins to rustle up this icing. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge but will need to be brought back to room temperature and mixed well before piping again. It only takes 5 ingredients to make this professional buttercream. If your family loves chocolate there is no better way to top your cakes or cupcakes than with chocolate buttercream!

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Now you know how to make the perfect icing, why not follow our simple guide on how to make a piping bag to really let your creative icing decorations flourish.

Ingredients

  • 350g 70% dark chocolate
  • 225g unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract, good quality
  • 250g icing sugar, sifted

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Method

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl or plastic jug in the microwave until smooth and a thick pouring consistency. A general guide would be to heat at 30 secs intervals on medium, stirring in between, to avoid burning the chocolate. Leave to cool slightly.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar, milk and vanilla with an electric hand beater in a bowl until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and beat until thick and creamy. Top your cake or cupcakes (opens in new tab).
Top Tip for making Chocolate buttercream icing

If the buttercream looks too runny to use when trying to ice cupcakes or cakes, simply keep beating, this will thicken the icing and improve its consistency.

The founders of Primrose Bakery, Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas originally started off baking their unique cakes for children’s parties, before realising it wasn’t just the kids who loved their deliciously sweet treats. Primrose Bakery was founded in 2004 and started off with just one shop on the famous north London road, Primrose Hill. Fourteen years later, the now sole owner of the brand, Martha, has two other stores - one in Covent Garden and another in Kensington. If you fancy having a go at baking one of their famous cakes yourself, check out the recipe pages (opens in new tab) for their famous carrot cake or the delicious chocolate cupcakes. You’re sure to find the sweet treat you’re looking for with one of these recipes. As well as the successful Primrose Bakery stores, Martha (and Lisa) have released five best-selling recipe books that are full of simple, foolproof recipes. Once you’ve got the baking down to a tee, why not try one of their signature decorating classes? It’s here that you can learn the Primrose Bakery signature swirl, palette knife techniques and how to create a masterpiece with piping. All of the classes are taught at one of their famous shops by their head chefs. It’s a great day out for the family or a lovely gift for someone special. And the best thing about it…you can take everything home with you to eat!