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Basic Buttercream Filling

This basic buttercream filling is perfect all-purpose buttercream filling. I mostly use this filling for my french macarons.

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Buttercream filling

Pretty simple, yet absolutely delicious buttercream filling. 

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Basic Buttercream Filling

This basic buttercream filling is perfect all-purpose buttercream filling.


  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup (50gr) sugar
  • 3 ½ tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup (115gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks slightly with a whisk and add sugar. Continue to whisk until the mixture is pale and sugar is mostly dissolved. Stir in the milk.
  2. Transfer the egg yolk mixture into a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring frequently. Continue to cook until it’s thick like pudding, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture back to the bowl and bring it to room temperature.
  3. Stir in the butter in three batches.
  4. Add vanilla extract and continue to mix until smooth.
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  1. How many does this recipe make? 

  2. Can I add food colouring into the filling? I’m trying this recipe tomorrow for my boyfriend’s birthday

  3. When I made this my butter was very lumpy and super hard to stir in. What do you think caused this?

  4. Absolutely awesome recipe!! Very detailed and easy to follow. Most of all came out tasting amazing 👍

    Rating: 5