Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

One of the many true buttercream frostings that i learned in culinary school. It is great on cakes!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat sugar and water to 240 degrees.
  2. whip egg whites till almost a stiff peak then shut off.
  3. when sugar is done flip mixer on low and pour sugar in bowl.Immediately turn mixer on high and whip till cool.
  4. slowly add butter.
  5. flavor to your liking (any kind of extract will work and so will liquors).


Most Helpful

I've enjoyed the recipes on for many years but I signed up just now just to review this recipe! Freakin' unbelievable! I was afraid to overdo the butter but since it is added slowly, I just checked it after the third stick was incorporated. I added 1/2 teaspoon of clear vanilla and skipped the last butter. (so only used 3/4lb) It was heavenly tasting and such a JOY to spread. This will be going on my brother's wedding cake!

nycbeachmama December 12, 2012

I decided to make this frosting for Easter because I have been wanting to move away from the cloyingly sweet confectioners sugar recipes and I got rave reviews! Best frosting I have made! I did end up adding a little bit of confectioners sugar at the end because I also found it very buttery and not quite sweet enough. The cupcakes that I frosted and refrigerated were still delicious the next day after letting them sit out a little to let the frosting soften up. However, the leftover frosting that I had packed up and refrigerated tasted really bad and the texture changed by the second day when I wanted to use it again -as this was my first attempt at buttercream I am not sure why this happend but had to throw it out :( If anyone has suggestions on what to do about that please let me know!

Lmmo April 02, 2013

This was my first time making Italian Buttercream. I did not love the taste, until after I turned it chocolatey by adding in some cocoa powder. Then it was really yummy. As written, it was very, very buttery tasting, for me it was a bit much. That's why I added cocoa. The texture is AMAZING. Silky smooth, I can't wait to experiment more with Italian Buttercream, but I definitely need to maybe add more sweetness? Not sure I can ever get past that super buttery taste.

mrskristah January 06, 2012

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a