Item# WLRECIP-8875

Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream Recipe

Item No. WLRECIP-8875
Amount
3 1/2 cups
Prep Time
45 min
Skill Level
Beginner
Total Time
2 hr

Top your favorite cake recipe with this delicious chocolate swiss buttercream. Made with a meringue base, this chocolate frosting is soft and creamy, great for frosting layer cakes or using as a filling. Combine this chocolate flavored frosting with chocolate or vanilla cake for a tasty dessert you and your family will love!

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet bar chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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  • Medium microwave safe bowl
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  • Notes:

    • Buttercream may be kept refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month. Bring buttercream back to room temperature and re-whip before using.
    • To help the meringue cool faster, an ice pack may be held against the bowl as the meringue whips.
    • Swiss meringue buttercream is perfect for frosting cakes or cupcakes but isn’t stiff enough for piping decorations.
    • How to Thicken Swiss Meringue: Cooling down your buttercream can help with consistency! Put the bowl in the fridge for about 20 minutes, just until the frosting begins to harden around the edges. Watch it carefully or the frosting will become too hard and lumpy if left for too long.
    • To Store: Unused frosting can be refrigerated for 4-5 days or frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Bring the frosting back to room temperature and re-whip before using.
    • To Color: Add Icing Colors food coloring to customize your treats without adding additional liquid.

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