This was my second attempt at Italian Buttercream. My first attempt failed miserably, and this one almost followed suit. While attempting to halve a recipe, I forgot to halve the sugar. Thankfully a little extra butter made this come together alright, and a little orange extract helped tone down the crazy sweetness. In the end, it wasn't too shabby.
Making these could have went more smoothly, but I'm pretty sure I could whip up the frosting without even bothering with the recipe next time. And that's close enough to "mastered" for me.
Do these look good enough to eat?
Grab the cupcake recipe here,
and the buttercream recipe (+1 tbsp orange extract) here.