Reduced-sugar buttercream

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Reduced-sugar buttercream
Reduced-sugar buttercream
  • Makes: Enough for 12 cupcakes

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Want to cut down on the sugar content in your cakes? Try topping your cupcakes with cupcake queen Victoria Threader's reduced-sugar buttercream. This fluffy icing contains less than half the sugar of regular buttercream


  • 240ml milk
  • 60g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 110g vegetable fat such as Trex
  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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  1. Whisk the flour into the milk in a small saucepan and heat gently over a low heat until you have a smooth ball of mixture. Don't worry if you get lumps, just pop it through a seive.
  2. Cover the mixture with cling film so the cling is touching the top of the mixture, this ensures it doesn't develop a skin. Leave to go cold.
  3. Beat the other ingredients together in a large bowl with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. When the flour mix is cold add it to the rest of the ingredients spoon by spoon, continuing to beat the mixture with the electric whisk while you drop it in.
  4. Beat until smooth and shiny, if the buttercream seems crunchy keep beating, this could take up to 10 minutes. Add food colouring if required, and chill for 10 minutes, this will make it easier to pipe.

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Hi Lynne! This keeps well in the fridge for 1 week if all the ingredients are fresh and the milk has a good date on it. When you need to use it, just keep it out of the fridge for a couple of hours, or until soft, then beat it up again on the low setting of your mixer. Once piped you can keep the cupcakes on the counter for 3 days and in the fridge for 5 days - but that's never a problem in my house as they never last that long :-D Hope this helps ~ Victoria


can this be made and used next day, also how long will it last as milk is included ?

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