Item# WLRECIP-8768

Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Item No. WLRECIP-8768
Amount
5 cups
Prep Time
25 min
Skill Level
Intermediate
Total Time
1 hr

Looking to kick your homemade frosting skills up a notch and aren't scared of a little extra work? Well, our Italian Buttercream Frosting is just the ticket. This recipe makes a batch of buttercream that’s less sweet than an American buttercream and not quite as buttery-tasting as its French counterpart. It has a dainty taste and airy, rich texture which makes this Italian Meringue Buttercream an upscale option for both frosting and decorating everything from a simple 2-layer chocolate cake to an elaborate lemon wedding cake. Once this recipe becomes second nature, try adding some chocolate for another delicious flavor option.

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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  • Small saucepan
  • Large bowl
  • Electric stand mixer
  • Candy thermometer
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Instructions

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  • Notes:

    • Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting is best on the day it is made.
    • Pasteurized eggs may be used, but they do not whip up as well as regular eggs and will yield less frosting. Begin adding sugar syrup when eggs reach soft peaks.
    • To make Chocolate Italian Buttercream Frosting, add 8 ounces of semisweet or dark chocolate that has been melted and cooled slightly after all the butter has been incorporated into the mixture.

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