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. She is writing a blog called Year of Cake updating us as she goes, you should check it out. I was lucky enough to get to try her mocha cheesecake and Anthony's birthday cake which were both delicious!
She has been using this buttercream as a base for her fondant rather than using a more traditional buttercream and it knocked my socks off. I just knew I had to do something with it. So, I frosted one of Jax's birthday cakes with it. Just imagine, peanut butter sheet cake with a nice thick layer of white chocolate buttercream. Oh yeah!
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 Jax. So, share I did.
White Chocolate Buttercream
8 oz white chocolate bars, not chips (Jess recommended this and it worked great!)
1 1/3 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
- 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.
- In mixer bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for about a minute.
- Add powdered sugar and mix on low until incorporated.
- 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.
- Add cream vanilla and salt and beat for another minute or so.
- Frost your cake!
Some delicious cakes just waiting to be frosted: