The Grey Stuff Buttercream Frosting: Inspired by Beauty and the Beast

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Making Lumière proud and re-creating buttercream ‘grey stuff’ – and you know what? It really is delicious!

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The grey stuff Disney cupcake frosting Beauty and the Beast recipe.

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Disney’s animated film, Beauty and the Beast, was released on November 22, 1991 – that was so many years ago (but it feels like yesterday).

If Beauty and the Beast is your favorite Disney movie, then this recipe is for you! This grey buttercream frosting is also perfect for Beauty and the Beast birthday parties.

These cupcakes are topped with my classic buttercream frosting and today, we're going Disney-inspired. Here are a batch of cupcakes based on 'The Grey Stuff' from DIsney's classic film!

How To Make “Grey Stuff” Buttercream Frosting

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.

Kitchen Tools Needed:

Ingredients for Homemade Buttercream Frosting:

All the exact amounts you need are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here is a quick list of what you need to get from the store.

How to make

How Much Frosting It Makes

This recipe makes enough frosting to top one dozen cupcakes.

These cupcakes are topped with my classic buttercream frosting and today, we're going Disney-inspired. Here are a batch of cupcakes based on 'The Grey Stuff' from DIsney's classic film!

Use A Stand Mixer

Even though it is not required, I suggest using a stand mixer. If you don’t have one, then get my favorite – the Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

It will save you a lot of time and energy. You can let it whip the buttercream while you clear up the mess from pouring the ingredients.

These cupcakes are topped with my classic buttercream frosting and today, we're going Disney-inspired. Here are a batch of cupcakes based on 'The Grey Stuff' from DIsney's classic film!

Black Gel Food Coloring

Honestly, my favorite type of food coloring for buttercream frosting is black gel food coloring. It covers the frosting really well and is really easy to adjust so that you get that light grey color you want.

These cupcakes are topped with my classic buttercream frosting and today, we're going Disney-inspired. Here are a batch of cupcakes based on 'The Grey Stuff' from DIsney's classic film!

Beat Until Stiff Peaks Form

Confectioner’s sugar (or powdered sugar) is the secret to perfect buttercream frosting. If you think your buttercream frosting is too runny, add more confectioners’ sugar, one tablespoon at a time. If you think it is too thick, you may add milk, ½ tbsp at a time.

Keep beating the frosting until stiff peaks form. When they do, you will know the frosting is ready to use!

Scoop the buttercream into a piping bag and frost each cupcake generously.

How Long Homemade Buttercream Frosting Lasts

Store extra buttercream frosting in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to a week.

Use Other Colors

Even though I made this frosting with Beauty and the Beast in mind, you can make it any color you want! This is my favorite homemade buttercream recipe. Make your favorite colors to create your own cake and cookie designs.

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The Grey Stuff: Buttercream Frosting Inspired by Beauty and the Beast

Print Recipe
Making Lumière proud and re-creating buttercream ‘grey stuff’ –this is the best recipe for homemade buttercream!
Prep Time:10 mins
Total Time:10 mins

SERVINGS

12

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter (about 1 cup)
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • Gel food coloring of your choice (we used a dab of black gel food colouring to give ‘The Grey Stuff’ its signature look!)

Instructions

  • 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 coloring 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 477IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream frosting, cupcake frosting
Servings: 12 cups cakes generous frosting
Calories: 293kcal
Disney's Beauty and The Beast inspired cupcake frosting.

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18 Comments

  1. These are so pretty! I have a friend who is obsessed with Beauty and the Beast. I’m going to make these for her birthday!

  2. Your cupcakes look so delicious! I would think twice before I bite into one. The frosting is so simple to make and I can just choose a different food color to match an occasion. 🙂

  3. Your cupcakes turned out beautiful. You did a great job. I always buy store bought because I was intimidated by making my own. This looks like an easy recipe I will have to try.