Easy Perfect Buttercream (Gluten Free + Dairy Free)


When it comes to hobbies, for me baking is at the top of the list. It relaxes me and it’s an opportunity to express my creativity and design beautiful cakes and cupcakes. But having the perfect cake is one thing, but pairing it with the perfect buttercream creates the whole package. And that’s where our Easy Perfect Buttercream recipe comes in. 

What do you need for our Easy Perfect Buttercream?


Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer

When it comes to making the buttercream, you can use either a hand mixer or stand mixer. You just want to make sure that you cream together the butter and icing sugar well to make it smooth and creamy.

Butter or Dairy Free Substitute

Butter of course is the main ingredient in every buttercream, but you can’t have butter use a dairy free substitute that works as a replacement for butter. 


Yes, we use shortening in our buttercream! In the Caribbean the heat causes buttercream to melt very quickly, and using shortening not only gives the buttercream a nice place color, it also helps stabilize the buttercream and keep it stiffer longer. 

Icing Sugar

Icing sugar is naturally gluten free, but sometimes it is made by companies that process wheat products. So when choosing your icing sugar make sure you find one that is gluten free.

Once you’ve finished you can add coloring to  your buttercream and use it in your favorite cupcake or cake recipe. 

We used it for our Sponge Cupcakes and Orange Sponge Cake. 

Easy Perfect buttercream
EasY Gluten Free Dairy Free Buttercream
Yield: 4 cups

Perfect Buttercream

Add some flair and beauty to you cake or cupcakes with this Easy Perfect Buttercream. Naturally gluten free with a dairy free option.


  • 1/2 cup butter or dairy free margarine
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons milk or dairy free substitute


  1. in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachement, or using a hand mixer add butter and shortening. Cream together on medium speed until well mixed.
  2. Reduce to low, then gradually add the icing sugar, whisking as you add to mix in with the butter and shortening.
  3. Once all your icing sugar has been added, increase speed to medium and beat for a couple of miuntes until well incorportated.
  4. Next add vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk. Mix again for another minute or two, scrapping down the side to make sure everything is well mixed together and buttercream is light, fluffy and smooth.
  5. Use immediately or store in the fridge until ready to use.

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