Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Swiss buttercream frosting is very smooth, silky and of course, delicious! This thin to medium consistency frosting is perfect for filling layer cakes. Cooked egg whites make this buttercream light and fluffy.
  • Prep45 min
  • Total Time2 hr
  • Skill LevelBeginner
    Amount3 1/4 cups


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  1. In the top pan of a double boiler, combine egg whites, sugar and salt. Whisk constantly over simmering water until mixture reaches 160°F on an instant read thermometer, about 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer mixture to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whip until the bowl is cool to the touch and the mixture holds medium peaks.
  3. Switch to a paddle attachment on the mixer. Beat at medium speed while adding the butter one piece at a time, scraping bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add vanilla and beat until well combined.


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