How to make white buttercream

11th June 2019

I’ve always been fascinated by colours and tones, which stems from my love of art and design at school, right through when I studied fine art and 3D design at college.

So when I got into cake decorating, I’ve found that colour plays a big part in the design, right through to the finished product. There is quite often a theme I need to follow too!

So when I saw there with a purple gel food colouring included in May’s CakeBag, I instantly thought of the role this colour has played in creating white buttercream! Purple is the direct opposite colour to yellow on the colour wheel so it cancels out the yellow pigment.

I’ve quite often used purple to tone down the yellow that is often found in buttercream; so I thought I would share my tips on how to create a whiter tone in this post!

First, you need to weigh out and cut some butter into cubes then pop them into the bowl of a free-standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or use a large mixing bowl and a handheld electric whisk.

Beat the butter on a high speed until smooth and creamy. whipping for about 5 minutes will also help with making the butter a paler shade.

Add the icing sugar and beat again until it’s fully mixed in. Then add your flavouring of choice and mix well.

Take the purple food colouring and squeeze a little onto the end of a cocktail stick.

Add the colouring to the buttercream and mix on high speed, scraping down the side of the bowl as you go to make sure all the yellow butter is well mixed.

Here is an example of the buttercream without purple added and the buttercream after the purple is added.

As you can see, the yellow is toned down. It’s great if you want to create pretty white rose cupcakes or tone down the yellow on a semi-naked cake!

I used this method to cover this wedding cake in a whiter shade of buttercream recently!

We hope you find these tips useful and would love to see what you have been creating using the contents of your cake bags! Share with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the #cakebagcreations tag!

Happy Baking!
Thirzah – Cakey Goodness xoxo