Buttercream 5 ways!

There comes a time in almost every baker’s life when they get a little too into buttercream.

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  • Time it takes: 15-30 Minutes
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Occasions: Cake Days!

Buttercream is one of the cornerstone recipes you’ll come back to again and again so it makes sense to learn the basics and then have fun playing around. 


We start with a classic Italian Meringue Buttercream. Once you get the hang of that, the sky is truly the limit in that...there is no limit. Endless flavor and textural options are at your disposal- but you’ll probably want to follow recipes while you’re still learning so you don’t end up with a sad, soggy mess. So here we’ve got the BEST base buttercream recipe for you and four variations we’re sure you’ll love. Because whether it’s covering a cake, sandwiched between cookies, or licked off a spoon, you can never go wrong with buttercream. 


1. Yo’s classic Italian meringue Buttercream 

Learn how to master Yo’s Italian Meringue Buttercream in our free Basics of Baking program. In addition to this recipe, you’ll get a bunch of other foundational recipes and techniques, both in thorough written instructions and step by step video. Follow our four week plan, or roll through the lessons at your own pace! And as a bonus also get access to vegan versions of all the recipes, because no one should be left out from enjoying sweet treats!


2. Coffee buttercream 

If buttercream is a cornerstone of baking, then that must make coffee a cornerstone of...life? Even if you’re an espresso snob with an embarrassingly complicated coffee shop order, instant coffee is a brilliant way to transform a vanilla buttercream into coffee flavored gold. Coffee buttercream is perfect for a chocolate cake, mocha cake or anything involving caramel or toffee. Brb, gotta make a quick Starbucks run after all this coffee talk.


3. Cookies and cream buttercream 

When you google “cookies and cream” one of the first things to come up is “why is cookies and cream so good??” which is hilarious but also like, why is it so good? Whatever the reason, we can all agree that cookies and cream buttercream is a kid-approved buttercream flavor for youngsters annnnd the young at heart. 


4. Strawberry buttercream 

There’s something so dreamy and romantic about incorporating fresh strawberries into your bakes. And strawberry buttercream? You may as well throw on a classy casual cream linen ensemble and play the Meryl Streep role in a Nancy Meyers movie!


5. Spice island buttercream

All the bakers of the world- spice up your cakes! Every boy and every girl - spice up your cakes! 

Whether you were into iconic 90’s girls bands or not- a little nutmeg and rum can instantly transform a classic buttercream into a spice island twist. Pair it with Yo’s banana cake or anything gingery for spicy, warm island vibes. 

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