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This white chocolate buttercream Frosting recipe is one of my all time favorites and I LOVE frosting, so I don’t say that lightly.  It is so creamy, fluffy and fun and the white chocolate flavor really carries through!

vanilla cupcake with swirl of white chocolate buttercream on top

   This frosting is sooooooooooo good.  No really, it is.  You would think adding chocolate to the buttercream would weigh it down and make it heavy, but it doesn’t!  It is so light and fluffy and has a perfect white chocolate flavor.

   My sister-in-law Jess makes delicious from scratch cakes.  She is a self taught cake artist who makes the tastiest masterpieces.

    Her husband, Anthony, is the pie guy.  Last year he did a year of pies, a different pie for every month of the year.  This year she decided to do (at least) a cake for every month.

slice of peanut butter sheet cake with white chocolate buttercream and sprinkles on top

   She has been using this buttercream as a base for her fondant rather than using a classic buttercream and it knocked my socks off.  I just knew I had to do something with it.

    So, I frosted one of Little Dude’s birthday cakes with it.  Just imagine, peanut butter sheet cake with a nice thick layer of white chocolate buttercream.  Oh yeah!

Mixer beater filled with fluffy white chocolate buttercream.

    I made the frosting and immediately considered canceling the party.  That way I could be left alone with my bowl of frosting and not have to share!  But alas, I couldn’t do that to poor Little Dude.  So, share I did.

 Updating a few years later to tell you that this is still one of my favorite frosting recipes.  I have used it a number of times over the last couple of years.  

We used it on a cookies and cream layer cake I made for my sister’s baby shower.  It was soooooo good. 

Then we used it to decorate fun bunny cupcakes for Easter. It added that flavor pop that made them extra special.

But you don’t have to just take my word for it.  Mollie over at Frugal Hausfrau made it for her Raspberry Filled Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream and she agrees!

round layer cake iced with white chocolate buttercream and red laces to look like a baseball.

     If you aren’t a fan of super sweet frostings, this recipe has a bonus for you.  The powdered sugar to butter ratio is much lower than most American buttercream recipes.

    The addition of the white chocolate helps give it the stability without needing all that powdered sugar.  So it is much less sweet than a lot of frostings.

Tips and tricks

    You are going to want to make sure your butter is at room temperature before you start.  If the butter and sugar mixture is still cool when you add the white chocolate, you increase your chance of getting little bits of congealed chocolate in your frosting.

cupcake with white chocolate buttercream and marshmallow bunny ears

    If your butter is brought all the way to room temperature and your white chocolate is cooled but still liquid, it should incorporate nicely. Just keep the mixer going and drizzle it in!

    If you need to store your frosting, place it in an airtight container.  You can leave it on the counter for several hours or even overnight.

    For longer storage you can refrigerate it for up to a week or freeze it for up to 3 months.  Just bring the frosting back to room temperature and rewhip before using.

mixer bowl filled with white chocolate buttercream, ready to use.

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!

Yield: 24 Serving

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

cupcake with swirl of white chocolate frosting on top

This white chocolate buttercream Frosting recipe is one of my all time favorites and I LOVE frosting, so I don't say that lightly.  It is so creamy, fluffy and fun and the white chocolate flavor really carries through!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces white chocolate bars, not chips (like the Ghiradelli or Baker's bars in the baking aisle)
  • 1 1/3 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream (a bit less if you are planning to pipe it)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave by cooking for thirty seconds, then stirring. Microwave another thirty seconds and stir. Continue to microwave in ten second intervals until the chocolate is smooth. Set aside.
  2. In mixer bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for about a minute.
  3. Add powdered sugar and mix on low until incorporated.
  4. With the mixer still going on low, drizzle in the white chocolate. Once it is completely added, turn the mixer back up to medium and beat for two more minutes.
  5. Add cream vanilla and salt and beat for another minute or so.
  6. Frost your cake!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This white chocolate buttercream Frosting recipe is one of my all time favorites and I LOVE frosting, so I don't say that lightly.  It is so creamy, fluffy and fun and the white chocolate flavor really carries through!

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Unknown

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Is it possible to provide the ingredient list with gms as the measurement unit?

Carlee

Sunday 11th of October 2020

I wish recipes were easily converted. I don't cook in grams often, so I'd have to use a calculator to convert it. I am not sure how accurate those are, so I'm hesitant to do it.

LaraQ

Sunday 28th of May 2017

It looks and sounds delicious. I'd like to give it a try as soon as I get my hands on some white chocolate bars. :)

Carlee

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

It is really good! I just picked up some white chocolate bars to make it again. I need to figure out what I want to put it on this time!

Frugal Hausfrau

Tuesday 14th of February 2017

Carlee, I used this buttercream on my Raspberry Filled Cupcakes. It was divine. There's just no other word for it!! I did short the cream just a tad because I wanted to pipe so I wanted it just a bit stiffer and it looked (and tasted) gorgeous!

Thanks much for the recipe, and I linked my Cupcakes up to here for your recipe.

Mollie

Carlee

Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Isn't it amazing? You're cupcakes look awesome! Thanks so much, Mollie!

Anonymous

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

You made me laugh outloud - cancel the party, lol! This looks amazing!! Going on my MUST MAKE SOON list!!

Mollie

Carlee

Thursday 2nd of February 2017

I hope you love it!! It's so fluffy and yummy!

Frugal Hausfrau

Tuesday 29th of March 2016

It just seems like everywhere I turn I see a great buttercream recipe! I love it!!

Frugal Hausfrau

Tuesday 14th of February 2017

Ooops, I meant to say everywhere I look on your blog!!

Carlee

Tuesday 29th of March 2016

This one is definitely worth a try! It amazed me the first time I tried it and again the first time I made it. I need to find an excuse to make it again soon!

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