Italian Buttercream

This might more correctly be called Italian Meringue Buttercream, because it isbasicallyItalian Buttercream
a mixture of Italian meringue and softened butter.

There are no yolks in an Italian buttercream. The plus is it is lighter. The minus (if it is one) is that the butter flavor stands out even more.

This frosting can be flavored just like the French buttercream.

Italian Buttercream
What You Need
  • 8 oz. sugar
  • 2 oz. water
  • 4 oz. egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 10 oz. butter
  • 1¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • optional: liqueur of your choice--just a splash or two; you don't want your buttercream to be too loose.
What To Do
  1. Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and let boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove the lid and cook the sugar to 244 degrees, F.
  2. While your syrup is boiling, whip the whites and salt on medium speed of your stand mixer to soft peaks. This is a timing issue, so watch them carefully. If you overbeat your whites before your syrup reaches temperature, they'll be grainy and dumb. Adjust the speed of the mixer up or down and try and get your whites to the perfect consistency at the same time your sugar reaches 244F.
  3. When the syrup is ready, with mixer on medium low, pour syrup in a thin stream down the inside of the mixing bowl. This will give the syrup a chance to cool off a bit as well as keeping the syrup from getting spun all over the sides of the mixer by the whisk attachment.
  4. Turn mixer to high and whip until whites are completely cool and hold firm peaks.
  5. Add the softened butter, a bit at a time making sure one addition is blended in before adding the next.
  6. Beat in vanilla or flavoring of your choice.
Other Stuff to Know
For chocolate Italian buttercream, whisk in 6 oz. melted and cooled semisweet or bittersweet chocolate after all the butter is incorporated.







  1. […] Italian Buttercream:  Make a meringue sweetened and stabilized with a cooked sugar syrup (240-248F).  Whip until cool, and then whip in softened butter and flavorings.  Italian buttercream has a fairly neutral flavor, so it can be flavored in all sorts of ways.  Since the meringue is cooked, it doesn’t weep, and, as long as it’s cool, it pipes beautifully. The downside of Italian buttercream is that it needs to be kept cool.  This frosting will literally slide right off a cake if it gets warm and the butter starts to melt.  It is very fluffy and light, so maybe this is the kind of frosting the Question Asker was referencing. […]

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