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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream Frosting

     Our favorite local bakery has the most delicious treats.  It is one of those where with every bite you wonder what it is that sets it apart and why when you try to recreate it at home it is always just missing that little something.  I like that it has that little special something.  I like the mystery.  MiMi can't handle a mystery.  She has to know!

   She has tried everything.  She ordered different flavorings and baking emulsions trying to get just the right combination.  They were good, but not quite the same! So after pestering asking very nicely (I'm sure!) a former employee.  She thinks she has finally put her finger on what sets their frosting apart.  Sweetened condensed milk.

   Genius, isn't it?!  The liquid gold we use to give baked goods that little extra richness.  The thick delicious can of wonder.  How come I never tried it in a frosting before?  You know I love playing with frosting.  So it is hard to believe that thought had never crossed my mind.  So I went to work to make a sweetened condensed milk buttercream.  It may not be exactly like theirs, but it doesn't matter (to me anyway, we'll see what MiMi has to say when she tries it!) It is darn good!  The sweetened condensed milk makes for a really silky smooth finish and gives that little extra rich flavor.  It also takes the edge off the powdered sugar flavor that buttercreams can sometimes get.  This version isn't too super sweet, but it is plenty sweet.  A batch generously frosts a layer cake and is plenty for a nice big mound on a couple dozen cupcakes.

  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream


2 cups butter, at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp flavoring (I used 1 tsp creme bouquet and 1 tsp vanilla but use your favorite mix)
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

  1. Cream butter together until smooth and light.
  2. Add flavorings and sweetened condensed milk, beating until smooth.
  3. Add powdered sugar, a cup at a time mixing until completely incorporated after each addition.
  4. Turn mixer to high and beat for a couple of minutes, until light and fluffy.
  5. Add a little more powdered sugar or sweetened condensed milk if necessary to get your desired consistency.
  6. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.  


  1. Yum! Who doesn't love sweetened condensed milk?! Seems like a simple way to make a frosting EXTRA special. So glad the former employee gave up the goods :)

  2. I just tried a completely different frosting the other day. It had tons of butter and was made with brown sugar and it was actually pretty good! It's amazing how many different frosting recipes there are out there made with completely weird ingredients. That being said, I must try frosting with sweetened condensed milk now! :-)

    1. I love trying new frostings! Different techniques and different flavors are all so fun in frosting. This one was particularly creamy and delicious!

  3. I have never used SCM in frosting but I am so intrigued! This looks delicious and not too sweet! Thanks for sharing with Saucy Saturdays

    1. I love playing with frosting. It is so forgiving and there are so many fun options. You'll have to let me know what you think if you try it!

  4. Have never heard of making frosting like this but I bet it is fab! Found you via The Wednesday Showcase linkup.

    1. Thank you! It is a great way to give frosting that little something extra!