Basic butter icing


  • 250g butter or margarine
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 15ml boiling water
  • 5ml vanilla essence


  • Cream butter / margarine until light and fluffy
  • Stir in the icing sugar then add the boiling water and beat on high speed for about 10 min or until light and creamy
  • Use powder colouring if needed and beat well after adding.


  • for black icing, replace some icing sugar with cocoa powder then add black colouring
  • for intense, bright colours, start with a large amount of colouring, mix and stand for 1 hour or overnight
  • for pure white icing, use Wooden spoon or Marvello margarine
  • add some full cream Greek yogurt to coloured or pure white icing to make it more palatable
  • add some essence to complement the colours used