Making Lumière proud and re-creating buttercream ‘grey stuff’ – and you know what? It really is delicious!
Disney’s animated film, Beauty and the Beast, was released on November 22, 1991 – that was 27 years ago! On our recent trip to Disney World, I picked up this Chip mug and immediately told myself, “I am so making a Beauty and the Beast-inspired dessert. Yes, yes, yes!”
Beauty and the Beast was my first favourite Disney movie. That list of favourites has expanded over the years (I’m looking at you, Mulan and Moana). I remember as a four-year-old, my aunt gifting me a VHS copy for the holidays. I was ecstatic and so obsessed with it that shortly after, my mother sewed me a large yellow dress for my next birthday party.
To pay homage to the movie’s beautiful ‘Be Our Guest’ scene, I whipped up these vanilla cupcakes, topped with my classic homemade buttercream. This buttercream is the star player for many of my desserts and I’m happy to share that recipe with you today.
Lisa’s Very Fabulous (and Very Simple) Buttercream Frosting
- 2 sticks (about 1 cup) salted butter, softened
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 3-4 tbsp milk
- Gel food colouring of your choice (we used a dab of black gel food colouring to give ‘The Grey Stuff’ its signature look!)
Yields: Enough frosting for one dozen cupcakes
Using a stand mixer, start beating butter, confectioners’ sugar, and milk on slow. As the ingredients start to mix, slowly increase the speed to high.
Add gel food colouring and continue beating until the consistency is thick and forms stiff peaks. If you find your buttercream is too runny, add more confectioners’ sugar, one tablespoon at a time. If too thick, you may add milk, ½ tbsp at a time.
Scoop the buttercream into a piping bag and frost each cupcake generously.
Tell me your favourite Disney movie in the comments below!