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Whipped Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting {no powdered sugar}

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This silky whipped frosting is so soft it’s like eating a cloud. It is perfect for spreading over a cake and may even win over those folks who don’t like frosting because it’s too sweet.

piece of chocolate cake with fluffy white whipped sweetened condensed milk frosting on top.

Silky smooth and super soft, this frosting is like eating a creamy cloud. It is only slightly sweet and doesn’t use any powdered sugar. This sweetened condensed milk frosting is begging to top your next cake.

I think this is the silkiest frosting I’ve ever tried! If you think most frosting is too sticky sweet, you have to give this a try.

This recipe actually started as a suggestion from one of you! A recipe shared in the comments of the best buttercream recipe gave a recipe from a friend’s Polish mother.

It involved cooking a can of sweetened condensed milk and stirring in some powdered sugar and vanilla. Then whipping the cooled mixture with butter and shortening.

The poster promised there was just a hint of sweetness and it is delicious. So of course I had to give it a try… with some tweaks.

To me part of the point of a cooked frosting is not using powdered sugar. So I adjusted to using granulated.

mixer whisk held upside down with a swirl of white whipped sweetened condensed milk frosting.

Then because a lot of powdered sugar has a stabilizer like corn starch added to keep it soft, I decided to add a smidge of flour hoping to keep it from being too loose.

So the result is a cross between ermine frosting (which I really enjoy) and the submitted recipe.

This frosting lived up to the hype. It really is just sweet enough to be satisfying but not too sweet at all.

It is like a cloud came to rest on your cake.  It is so airy, fluffy, silky, smooth.

corner of sheet cake with fluffy white whipped sweetened condensed milk frosting made into light swirls with the back of a spoon topped with sprinkles.

Now a word of warning: this frosting is soft at room temperature. I tried piping the first batch on some chocolate pumpkin cupcakes I’m sharing next week.

While it worked somewhat, I don’t think I’d recommend it. They were a bit messy to move and transport, though that could have something to do with the amount I applied! 😉 Frosting lovers unite!

The next batch I spread over a devilishly good chocolate cake baked in a 9×13″ pan. It was perfect that way!

And if you haven’t tried that cake recipe yet, you simply have to! It is by far my favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe!

chocolate pumpkin cupcake topped with smooth white whipped sweetened condensed milk frosting.

It spread like a dream. Then I just took the back of a spoon to swirl it around a bit. It held the swirls wonderfully and a few sprinkles finished it off.

I served it at our Labor Day get together and people went nuts for it. One friend in particular was crazy over it.

In hindsight, I should have sent the rest home with her. I might have eaten more of my fair share on the end!

piece of chocolate cake with fluffy sweetened condensed milk frosting on top.

 Tips and tricks:

  • The sweetened condensed milk mixture will still be a bit loose after you cook it, but will thicken a lot as it cools.
  • Be sure the sweetened condensed milk mixture is at room temperature or cooler before you mix it with the butter and shortening. 
  • You don’t want the sweetened condensed milk to take on any color. If you accidentally cook it too long and it caramelizes a bit, all is not lost. Make creamy caramel frosting instead! 
  • If your frosting is looser than you’d hoped, try chilling it for a bit and then beating it again.  If it’s still loose, beat in a cup or two of powdered sugar. 
  • This frosting is best on a single layer cake. For more layers or piping, I’d stiffen it up with a bit of powdered sugar first.
9x13" pan filled with cake topped with swirls of sweetened condensed milk frosting.

Is there a difference between whipped frosting and whipped cream?

Yes, whipped cream is made from beating air into a mixture of heavy cream and sugar. Whipped frosting is also light and airy, but is more stable for topping cakes and other desserts.

More great frosting recipes:

Ermine or boiled milk frosting is so fluffy, creamy and delicious.  It tastes a lot like whipped cream and that’s what it was called when I was introduced to it.

Add the sweet goodness of sweetened condensed milk to buttercream for that little something extra you can’t quite put your finger on.  It will set your baked goods apart in a delicious way!

Fluffy, buttery, creamy, sumptuous Italian meringue buttercream is perfect for piping and deliciously decadent for eating too!

For a no cook, three ingredient version of sweetened condensed milk frosting try Russian buttercream. It is super creamy and luscious.

spatula lifting slice of sunny side up cake out of pan.

Fluffy whipped sweetened condensed milk frosting made a great snow white base for this sunny side up egg cake. The possibilities really are endless!

If you are a frosting fanatic like me, check out my Frosting 101. It goes through the different types of frosting and links to all sorts of delicious recipes!

piece of chocolate cake with fluffy white whipped sweetened condensed milk frosting on top.

Whipped Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
This silky whipped frosting is so soft it's like eating a cloud. It is perfect for spreading over a cake and may even win over those folks who don't like frosting because it's too sweet.
4.53 from 46 ratings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup shortening

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, stir together sugar and flour.
    ⅔ cup granulated sugar, 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Add can of sweetened condensed milk and stir until mostly combined.
    14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • Put pan over medium heat and bring to a low boil, stirring frequently.
  • Boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla. Cool completely to room temperature or cooler.
    ⅛ teaspoon salt, 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Beat butter and shortening until smooth and creamy. Add the cooled sweetened condensed milk mixture and beat on high for 10 minutes.
    1 cup butter, 1 cup shortening
  • Frost cake immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 100mgSugar: 18g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Mitzi

Sunday 31st of March 2024

My family and I just love your recipe for frosting, especially my daughter-in-law since she doesn’t like super sweet frosting! Every Holiday since I introduced it to my family three years ago, milk chocolate cake with your Whipped Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting has been her request! Today is Easter and I’m making as I type. It is delicious, thank you.

Mitzi

Sunday 31st of March 2024

@Carlee, Thank you! Happy Easter to you and yours 🐥✝️🐣

Carlee

Sunday 31st of March 2024

That makes me so happy. Have a wonderful Easter!

Caroline

Thursday 8th of February 2024

What is shortening, I want to try this recipe

Carlee

Thursday 8th of February 2024

It's also referred to as vegetable shortening or Crisco. You can use all butter if you prefer or if you can't find shortening.

Toni

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

I found this icing to be very sweet and the condensed milk gave it an odd milky taste I didn't care for. I won't be using it again.

Carlee

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

Hmmm. That's interesting because it seems so much less sweet than like an American buttercream, but I know everyone's tastes are different. I am sorry you didn't like it.

Barb

Saturday 29th of October 2022

Can you substitute butter for shortening?

Carlee

Saturday 29th of October 2022

That should work fine. You would essentially have a condensed milk ermine frosting then.

Nadine

Wednesday 6th of July 2022

This frosting is exactly what I was looking for. It’s light like Cool Whip and not too sweet. It added the perfect touch to my strawberry Jello poke cake. Thank you!

Carlee

Wednesday 6th of July 2022

Oooh, yes it would be perfect on a poke cake like that. I am so glad you liked it!