As I have previously mentioned I love cupcakes or buns, as they were more commonly known when I was a girl! No matter what the occasion buns always make a very suitable treat! I always use my Mother's flawless basic Bun Recipe and then the options are endless as to how I top them. One that is a big favourite in our house is my Creamy Lemon Topping which can then be decorated with sprinkles, little sweets or pretty edible flowers.
This vanilla buttercream is so versatile as a bun topping. In this recipe I am pairing it with some of my home made Strawberry Jam to make adorable Butterfly Buns.
Butterfly Buns with Vanilla Buttercream
125g softened butter
250g icing sugar, sieved
1 teasp Vanilla Extract
Icing sugar, for dusting
1. Place the softened butter in a large bowl and blend well.
2. Slowly add the icing sugar and continue to blend. Add the vanilla extract and milk, blend until pale and fluffy.
3. Put in the fridge for 15mins.
4. Slice the tops off each bun and fill the cavities with a little buttercream and jam. Cut each sliced top in half and arrange on top of the filling to resemble butterfly wings. Dust lightly with icing sugar.
Photos & styling by Nessa Robins.