I'm making DS a chocolate birthday cake using Nigella's chocolate fudge cake recipe from Nigella Bites which I've made before but I wasn't keen on the icing, thought it was a bit bland compared to the rich chocolate sponge so I'm on the lookout for a better one.
I'm not good with icings, they're a bit hit and miss usually. I hate heavy, stodgy buttercream and need a recipe for a fluffy, light sort of whipped buttercream. Anyone have any recommendations?
(I've used the Hummingbird Bakery recipe before which uses a huge amount of icing sugar compared with the amount of butter and sometimes it's quite fluffy but other times it has been bland, heavy and gritty, iyswim.)
I make mine by eye. I have a kitchen aid and I find that I need to beat it for a really long time. What you can add to the standard butter and icing sugar mix is a little milk. Or, make it with mascarpone cheese rather than butter.
I use 250g soft butter. Whip for a good 10 mins. Then add 500g icing sugar (half till mixed in then next half) along with a couple of teaspoons of vanilla extract and whip for another 10 mins adding some cream (1-2 tablespoons). The more you whip it the lighter and smoother it gets is what I've found.