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iced buns on a wire rack

Iced Buns

These Iced Buns are absolutely delicious and very nostalgic to me. Soft and sweet they really are outstanding.

Course Buns
Cuisine Universal
Keyword Iced Buns
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Proving Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 275 kcal


  • 500 g strong white flour
  • 50 g of caster sugar
  • 40 g unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large free range eggs beaten
  • 2 + 7g sachets of instant yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 150 ml of lukewarm milk
  • 100 ml of water


  • 200 grams icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp water can use milk instead


  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C.
  2. Place 500 grams strong bread flour, 50 grams caster sugar, 40 grams unsalted butter, 2 large free range eggs (beaten), 2 x 7 grams sachet instant yeast and 1 ½ tsp fine salt in the bowl. Add 150 mls of luke warm milk and 100 mls water to the dry ingredients.

  3. I do this in a food mixer but you can do it by hand. If using a dough hook and mixer then mix on a medium speed for about 8 mins. The dough is sticky but will begin to come away from the sides cleanly towards the end of the mixing.

    If mixing by hand then tip out onto a work surface once the dough has come together and knead for about 10 minutes.

  4. Once the dough is smooth and elastic then put in a clean lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp tea towel or clingfilm and place somewhere warm for about an hour or doubled in size.

  5. Knock the dough down and then divide into 12. I measure the lot and then work out what each bun should weigh. About 75/80 grams each.

  6. I roll these into balls but you could shape into finger roll shapes-what ever suits you sir. Place a good 2 cm apart on a lined or oiled baking tray.

    Cover with damp tea towel or oiled clingfilm and leave somewhere warm to puff up for about 30 mins.

  7. Bake for 10 mins until a middle brown colour and hollow when tapped on the bottom, leave to cool on a wire rack.

  8. Mix the Icing ingredients  vigorously together in a bowl until it forms a thickish paste and dip the buns. Place back on the wire rack to set.

  9. Apply to Zitty Face.

Recipe Notes

  • Flour the working surface when rolling the dough if it is too sticky.
  • Add more water or icing sugar to adjust the consistency of the icing. Only add ½ tsp of water at a time as it goes a very long way when mixed with icing sugar.
  • Don't over bake the buns as it can make all the difference.
  • Use an independent oven thermometer to accurately monitor your oven temperature.


Nutrition Facts
Iced Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 308mg13%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.