My First Attempt at Buttercream Frosting

I did not start this blog only to type in mysuccess stories, but also to put in my not-so-successful attempts as well. However, I doubt if I have ever done that before. Oh yes, I did do it in my Black Forest cake post! OK, so let this be my second post in that category!!! I will never call myself as a talented cook – just like everybody, I really get jitters when I have to try something new. I have nightmares, scares and what not! Before this used to happen when I expect guests too, but now somehow that nervousness is off. But still, when I want to move into unexplored territories, I still feel uneasy. It is through blogging, that I broke off my scare to use yeast. Though not fully out of it, but I can say with confidence that I have somehow pushed down my devils in that case.


One thing I have been wanting to do for quite some time is buttercream. I just envy those beautiful looking cakes and cupcakes loaded with beautiful glossy looking decorations, so gorgeously piped out onto them and looking “oh-so-cute!” that you wouldn’t dare to touch it or damage it by sinking your tooth into it or running a knife through it. Last month, for my little one Azza’s birthday, I decided to try my hand on decorating my cake with buttercream.


As usual, my “bakra” this time was again Jehanne, who so patiently heard through all my stupid questions and gave me a lot of courage and tips to move forward with it. I think I will not talk much about the cake… this is the second time I am baking for my little one’s birthday and both were a dud, to say the least. Last year, I consoled myself saying that I did not know my oven really well and it was the first cake I had baked in it, so I was not really saddened by it. But this time, I was seriously very disappointed. I turned down all requests from my B and my parents to buy a cake, and insisted that I will work on her cake with my own hands, but alas… this is what happened.


As per Jehanne’s suggestion, I went ahead and baked the genoise as per this recipe of hers. I baked it, pulled it out 5 minutes after the suggested baking time, saw a beautiful looking cake. I was really so excited that finally it turned out well. The tester also came out clean. I cooled the cake in the pan for around 5 minutes and flipped it to see an uncooked center! This is one problem with my oven, it keeps giving me uncooked centers every now and then and how much I hate it! My heart sank along with the uncooked center. I slowly put it back into my baking pan and microwaved it for 3 minutes. There, my cake became equivalent to a stone! Ahem, not that stony that we could not eat, but definitely not caky, a cake that was devoid of all moisture. πŸ™


Despite that, I went on to make the butter cream. I don’t know whether I should say I was happy about it. Really saying, I was not. But then, for a first attempt, I thought it was not that bad too… Just like Jehanne said, maybe I am being too harsh on myself! πŸ™‚ So this post is basically like a starter kit, for further bettering my future attempts, InShaAllah…


A few things I learned during this preparation:

1. Ensure that the butter is soft. My butter was not soft enough to be beaten fluffy, it was still too cold. Maybe I was really impatient.
2. The desirable ratio, is 2:1 (Jehanne’s tip). But if you want, you can add more icing sugar as per your sweetness level. The icing sugar I used was just too sweet, unfortunately! πŸ™

Nonetheless it complimented the less sweet cake in all ways. Had the cake been perfect, it would have come out well, I feel… and had I been a bit more patient as well… Darn!


Whatever said and done, at the end of the day, my girls thought I did a fantastic job at making a plain looking cake beautiful. You can see the elder one assisted with holding the plate in her hand in the first pic and the younger one wanted her head to be a part of another photograph, so there you go she did pose well by looking at it. πŸ™‚ Don’t kids always feel that mothers do a good job? It does give me hope that maybe I do better in my next attempt…



I am really curious to know how did your first experience in buttercream go… please do drop in your experiences in the comments, it is good to learn from each other, isn’t it? πŸ™‚


My First Attempt at Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Rafeeda


  • 200 gm butter softened
  • 400 gm icing sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp cold milk or as required


  • Leave the butter in room temperature till soft.
  • In a neat bowl, cube the butter and start beating it slowly till fluffy.
  • Add the icing sugar little by little and keep beating till well incorporated and glossy. If you feel the buttercream is too thick, then add milk in tbsp to get the desired consistency.
  • Add desired colors (I used Wilton Green for 1/4 the quantity and Wilton Pink for the remaining).
  • Leave in the fridge to chill for around 20 minutes. Then use to decorate with tips and piping bags as desired.
  • To color the buttercream, dip a toothpick into your gel color and dip it back into the buttercream. Repeat with a different toothpick if you want a darker color. Fold well with a spatula.

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  1. Great going dear cake looks yum …

    1. Thank you so much Preeti…

  2. V r in the same boat with regards to baking, hahaha… Even I get uncooked centres, so instead of microwaving, u shud have baked it in convection mode itself for 2-3 minutes, and for frosting I have tried the ready made ones, I didn't like the taste, so never made it again…. Anyways ur kids liked it so u shud be happy:)

    1. Even if I bake 15 minutes in convection also, my cake does not get fully cooked! I guess it's a problem with the temperature setting… don't know… thanks a lot Razina… πŸ™‚

  3. O dear! atleast you dare to bake na! I don't do that n keep myself safe! rarely I try! πŸ™‚ That way I remain happy n safe! he he he
    But this is not bad either.. loved the honest post dear! If kid is happy, all is fine!

    1. Yep, I atleast tried!!! Hehe… thanks a lot, Sangee… πŸ™‚

  4. Pass me a big slice πŸ™‚ it is looking so yummm πŸ™‚ very nice rafeada πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

  5. Delicious cake dear…looks yummy too πŸ™‚ Very happy to follow you ..Will be happy if u follow me back

    1. Thank you so much Asha… πŸ™‚

  6. oh dear !! But the great thing is u didnt give up and binned the cake…I m sure u r being harsh on urself..kudos to ur first attempt on buttercream..thats how we learn..

    1. I wouldn't bin food, Vinee, I would somehow make every1 eat!!! Hehe… thanks a lot dear for your words of encouragement…

  7. Hugs dear!! I can understand the disappointment..but your butter cream icing looks nice. Happy b'day to the little one.. hope she had fun..
    Probably lowering the baking temperature and increasing the baking time may help with unbaked center.. Are you using Aluminium baking tin?
    Also in case of moisture less cake, soak the sponge in sugar water syrup, it will make it moist..All the best with next cake..

    1. I normally use non-stick pans, not aluminuim, does that contribute in any way? Thank you so much Pankthi for your kind words and tips, will definitely keep in mind for future… πŸ™‚

    2. I generally prefer to bake in Aluminum baking tin. Though can't comment about non stick ones as have never used them. Also the shape of the tin contributes to uncooked center. I've realized that perfect shape for baking cakes is circle. In a circular baking tin, more uniform baking takes place.

  8. Yum yum..send a big piece for me dear πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Priya… πŸ™‚

  9. Uncooked centres cud b solved temporarily by using bundt I had ths same prob frm india.. Even my cousins had …i guess it ws cos f voltage issues…bt here , no sch xcuses r ther… Nex tym keep the pan on ur grill rack nd then bake…or.. Cover ur pan with aluminium foil nd then bake fr 5-10 mts xtra…. Fr panasonic ovens, v have to use racks while baking. Bt nevertheless ,, the cake luk so cute

    1. I love to bake bundt cakes for the same reason, at least no worries about the center! Now I have started baking by keeping on top of the tray in the oven, somehow it is getting cooked better than before… thank u so much Hasna for your pointers…

    1. Thank you so much Femi…

  10. Cake looks yummy….and the frosting it looks nice dear
    I tried butter cream frosting so many times but never came out well…first attempt was on my son's birthday second on my niece birthday cakes were good but frosting disappointed…

    1. OH… just keep trying dear, hopefully it will come out well for you… thanks a lot Resna dee…

  11. tasty frosting.. Today I made 2 new dish all big flop toooooo….

    1. Flops are a part of it, isn't it, Veena? Thanks a lot dear…

  12. Anything made with love is a hit. The middle may be staying uncooked for several reasons. 1) You may need a bigger pan because if the cake is too high it takes longer to cook. 2) If cake pan size is not the issue then you may need to lower the temperature to 150C even if the tester comes out clean. Let it bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. Lowering the temperature allows the cake to cook but will not burn the top.
    I still am not that good at icing, so I prefer to cover the cake with fresh cream and decorate it with fresh fruits or chocolate, nuts and sprinkles. However, they say practise makes perfect. I still have some left over icing in the freezer, thinking that I when I get the time I will practise icing on a chopping board. The icing is still sitting pretty in the freezer πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much for all those advices, dear… I have tried quite a bit but then sometimes, still my cakes fail! πŸ™ I guess it's the oven, but then… still I keep trying due to my love of baking! πŸ™‚

  13. cake look yumm .. and well done on you first try of making butter cream dear πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Manjula… πŸ™‚

  14. Butter cream looks just perfect….happy birthday to little one…

    1. Thank you so much Bhawna…

  15. dont worry its the taste that matters.

    1. Thank you so much Nammi…

  16. Super delicious cake……….wanna grab it right now!
    Follow you.wud glad if you follow me back..

    1. Thank you so much Sony… will visit u soon…

  17. oh!!!! Rafee.. first time gr8 attempt…i feel next bake it will be perfect…i hope u will be eager to make the next one…

    1. Thank you so much Preetha chechi…

  18. Oh yeah, I remember mine, it was a cream cheese frosting I made for the first time and the best part is that I took the cake for a cake baking contest. Can you believe that? It was the most unfinished cake in the contest. I have the experience shared at my blog here. I figured after few attempts that it comes with practice and patience. But never get disappointed at your creation, all it matters is the love and dedication you put into the cake for your little princess. If she is happy, what else matters?

    1. I'm not disappointed Shibi, it's just that I was slightly unhappy but then aren't we humans like that? πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot for sharing your experience dear…

  19. don't worry rafeeda we all are sailing in the same boat , trying different things sometimes the results are good, other times excellent and many times horrible too. loved the way your cake has turned out and after all practise makes man perfect . so hats off to you for trying it out without hesitating….

    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Nayana…

  20. ohhh Rafee, don't be harsh on yourself…engane okke alle padikunnathe…I am sure most of us might have had such experiences in the initial days of baking… My first cake came out like a stone and neither of us touched it and I finally threw it off in the dustbin and still remember the cake making the huge sound as it hit the dustbin's base…it was so hard…:D I am also bad at frosting and avoid doing it unless it is for some special day.

    It was ur special day – ur little ones bday… and I am sure she would cherish the memories of all the effort her ummi had put into baking a cute heart shaped cake for her and that is all that should matter.

    1. God, I can't stop laughing at the sound of ur first cake! Gosh that was really funny… hehe… thanks a lot dear for your encouraging words, Anupa… πŸ™‚

  21. Dear, ur cake looks very tempting and ur gals loved them. Try reducing the baking temperature and covering with aluminium foil and baking next time. Have the same prob with my oven too. Mostly I lack the patience to wait πŸ™

    1. Thank you so much Avika… will keep ur points in mind next time for sure… πŸ™‚

  22. hi rafee …frosting looks really yummy …i too tried chocolate frosting yesterday ,frosting was not bad for the first time πŸ™‚ i guess .so we are sailing in the same boat.
    i m not cake expert but i too got some failed attempts .evrybody become expert with experiance,so dont worry too much…

    1. Yes dear… very much it comes with a lot of practice… thanks a lot Sathya… πŸ™‚

  23. Practice make the man perfect…But to me, your first attempt is too good!!

    1. Thank you so much Suja…

  24. You have done it good for the first time..:-) Mine was a disaster…
    Way to go girl…

    1. Thank you so much Rekha dear… πŸ™‚

  25. i should say Wow keeping in mind that its ur 1st effort.. not bad Rafee. Me stiil drooling ..staring at all those yummy bakes you people are posting. Still not mustered courage to try my hands in it..

    1. Thank you so much Smitha… once you get bit by the baking bug, you will struggle to contain your temptations… hehe…

  26. Buttercream looks really good! I used to bake cakes with uncooked centre too but keep at it, you are bound to get beautiful delicious cakes!. Cheers!

    1. Some cakes, especially chocolate, I have found tastes really good with those uncooked centres! Thanks a lot Beulah…

  27. He heee love the way u document ur trials… this is really a great cake …above all ur girls liked it.

    1. This is only for me to remember my ups and downs in cooking… hehe… thanks a lot Meena…

  28. The cake and itz frosting looks so yummy………..In my first attempt, I put the frosting before cooling d cake…….so you can imagine the disaster…….it got melted……Urs z a great attempt dear……kudos…..go on…. πŸ™‚

    1. Thankfully I had Jehanne to guide me, otherwise I would have done your same mistake… hehe… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  29. My attempt ,i am fear of even attempting a cake frosting.after reading yours,will try dear.wonderful decor and keep rocking

    1. This was my way of getting the jitters out dear… maybe I will try again!! Thanks a lot Ramya…

  30. My family doesn't care for frosting, so I rarely do frosting on my cakes and mostly it looks horrible. But yours look fantastic. Great job on your first attempt, Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. Even my family does not care! We don't even wait for the cake to cool down… hehe… this was just for trial, so that I can get started somewhere… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  31. Hello Rafeeda,
    I have just posted a tutorial on how to bake a perfect cake. Do visit and please share your experience.

    1. I saw the post and commented as well…. thank you for all the tips, will definitely put it into use! πŸ™‚

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