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Amaretto Buttercream Icing

Perhaps it is the inspired romance brought to the senses by the warm, subtle taste and smell of this icing that makes the amaretto cupcakes a hugely popular choice by impending brides and grooms for the most romantic cake of all!  Multiply the recipe according to the number of cupcakes you need to ice.
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  1. 1

    In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar until smooth - this will take a few minutes using an electric hand mixer. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar to produce a buttercream of a creamy and smooth consistency.

  2. 2

    Add the amaretto or almond extract and beat well. You should taste the icing at this stage as you may wish to add another ¼ tsp to make it a little stronger.

  3. 3

    The buttercream can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. Before re-using, beat well.


  • 115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 60ml semi-skimmed milk, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • ¼ tsp amaretto liqueur or almond extract, this could be increased according to your preferred taste

Makes 15 regular cupcakes

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Recipe published with permission from Kyle Cathie.

Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery

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