Easy Ermine Frosting Recipe

Easy Ermine Frosting Recipe

This French-inspired topping is smooth, rich and creates a flavor that’s very similar to a cream cheese frosting. Also known as heritage frosting, boiled milk frosting or flour buttercream, ermine frosting is firm enough to hold its shape, but can also be used as an airy filling. This unique twist on vanilla buttercream frosting is light, not as sweet and also egg-free, making it perfect for pairing with rich cakes like red velvet, butter, or chocolate. Although it takes a bit longer than other frostings to make, it's simple to whip up and pipes beautifully.
  • Prep20 min
  • Total Time2 hr
  • Skill LevelBeginner
    Amount2 cups


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  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar, flour and salt. Whisk in milk until smooth.
  2. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until very thick, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into medium bowl. Press plastic wrap over top of mixture and sides of bowl to seal completely and prevent a skin from forming. Let cool to room temperature (about 1 to 1-1/2 hours).
  4. Once cooled, beat butter with electric stand mixer (if available) at medium speed for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  5. Next, add milk mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, to whipped butter and beat until smooth, scraping down bottom and sides of bowl often.
  6. Then add vanilla extract and beat for 3 more minutes, or until the ermine frosting reaches the consistency of whipped cream.


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