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Monday, April 6, 2020

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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!

beater of 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.  

    Most recently on a cookies and cream layer cake I made for my sister's baby shower.  It was soooooo good.  

    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!

     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.

    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 of white chocolate buttercream

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!

white chocolate frosting, American buttercream
White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting American style buttercream recipe has the added flavor of white chocolate. It keeps the powdered sugar content low and makes for the fluffiest flavorful frosting. It pipes well, spreads like a dream and comes together quickly too!
Yield: 24 servings

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 2 MTotal time: 12 M


  • 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


How to cook White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  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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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!


  1. This looks delicious! I would love to have you share it on my recipe link up Tasty Tuesday. Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

  2. That look and sounds so so good. The only word is YUM. I have to try that one.

    1. I hope you try it and love it! It knocked my socks off the first time I had it.

  3. Yum - I cannot wait to try this!

  4. So glad the frosting was a hit! Great idea to pair it with a peanut butter cake -- I'll have to try that one of these days.

    1. It was really tasty combination. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. What a fun post! Peanut butter sheet cake has my name written all over it! Your icing will be the crowing glory. Your shiny chocolate icing looks great, too. I love the idea of a year of pies--and cakes.

    1. Isn't the year of pie and cakes so much fun? Both frostings are great. I had to send the leftovers home with people so I wouldn't eat them all!

  6. Oh that frosting is just screaming for me to run my finger through it and sneak a lick! :-) Looks mouthwatering delicious Carlee! Have a great holiday weekend!
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    1. Thank you! The frosting is pretty addictive, so you better watch out! Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. This looks so good! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  8. I love buttercream frosting! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us at Talented Tuesdays! I can't wait to try this!

    1. This is one of my new favorites! Jess made a cake with it this weekend so I got to have it two weekends in a row!!

  9. You said it right. The frosting is sooooooooooooo good.
    Now what do I do to get a piece :-)

    1. Just make your reservation ;-) Any excuse to make more frosting is a good one!

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

    1. 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!

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

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


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

  12. 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.


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

  13. 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. :)

    1. 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!

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

    1. 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.


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