Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting

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I love buttercream frosting, and I especially love Italian Meringue Buttercream.  How can something Italian not be good?  I added more sugar to the recipe, because I prefer my frosting sweet.  This recipe reminds me of sweetened whip cream, and I love it!  You will need a stand mixer to make this recipe.

Italian Buttercream adapted from Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse

1 ½ cups sugar

1/3 cup water

In a medium saucepan whisk the sugar and water until it’s combined, then bring the mixture to a boil.  When the mixture starts to boil, set a timer for 7 minutes.  Place the egg whites in the bowl of the stand mixer.

6 large egg whites (between ½ to 1 cup) – make sure there are no bits of chalazae (the white membrane-type stuff) in your egg whites or you’ll end up with chewy bits in your frosting.

After 5 minutes, begin to beat the egg whites on high speed (with the paddle attachment).  When your timer goes off (in another 2 minutes) pour the hot syrup into the fluffy egg whites while the paddle is still paddling away.

Pour the syrup close to the inside of the mixing bowl slowly, avoiding the paddle, and beat for about 10 minutes.  While it’s beating, get your butter ready for the next step.

3 sticks of unsalted butter, cold

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cut three sticks of unsalted butter into Tablespoons and slowly add the pieces of cold butter to the frosting – one at a time, mixing on medium-high speed until combined.

It may look curdled at one point – or like liquid, but don’t worry it’ll emulsify in a few minutes.  Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and then increase the speed to high and walk away for 5 minutes.

You should have beautiful buttercream!  Use immediately for decorating, or store in the refrigerator until ready to use (you’ll have to beat it again before you can decorate with it).

If it gets too warm to decorate with, store it in the refrigerator for a half an hour then beat again before using.*

*I tend to have this problem in the summer!


8 thoughts on “Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting

  1. C. Keiser says:

    This is the best frosting I have ever tasted! Light and creamy and full of flavor. I’m using on an angel food cake and it should be perfect. I’m not sure how good it will be for piping, but I plan to try. Putting in the frig for a little bit.


    • blondieandbrownies says:

      Yay! Glad you like it. I use it all the time for piping. It tends to be a little tricky to color due to the fact that there is so much butter in the frosting (it tends to have a slightly golden hue). I use quite a bit of gel coloring to get it the color I want. Hope it works out for you!


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