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White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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5 min

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15 min

Makes enough frosting for twelve cupcakes

White chocolate buttercream is a perfect topping for almost every cupcake and it's so easy to make!

This white chocolate frosting is perfect for a number of cakes including my favorite raspberry lemon cupcakes.

Use this frosting on these white chocolate cupcakes. Enjoy!


  • 3 oz. white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. milk


  1. Melt the chocolate over a double broiler or in the microwave until it is runny, but smooth.
  2. Add the milk to the chocolate and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture in a bowl to cool.
  4. In another bowl, beat the butter and vanilla until blended.
  5. Add the butter and vanilla to the chocolate and continue beating until smooth.
  6. Add the sugar in three parts, beating until blended after each addition. Beat the mixture until it is thick like whipped cream.

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Diana on June 29, 2017:

Could you add raspberries/raspberry puree to use as a cake filling?

Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on June 06, 2013:

Eating chocolate! Melt it down in a double broiler if you have one--or a microwave works just as well.

Kath on June 06, 2013:

Hi, what kind of chocolate do you use? Baking/cooking chocolate? Or 'eating' chocolate? Thanks

Ingenira on May 18, 2013:

Wow, it is so beautiful !! I must give it a try.

Dil Vil from India on May 05, 2013:

Looks delicious, i will try this. Great recipe. Thanks for the good share!

Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on May 25, 2012:

It will seize. Keep it in a cool place while stirring and make sure not to put on any cakes or cupcakes too early. Thank you and I'm glad you liked it!

Abbie on May 23, 2012:

Hello again :) The buttercream turned out really well! I was worried about adding the milk to the melted chocolate for fear it would seize and it DID seize, but the buttercream still turned out great. I'm just wondering if the chocolate seizes when you make it? Is there anything you do differently or is that just to be expected? Thanks!

Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on May 10, 2012:

It could last up to five hours outside of the fridge if it isn't too hot. Just make sure to keep it in the shade (if outdoors) or inside a building (preferably with AC). Congratulations on your wedding!!! I hope you have a great one!

Rhiannon on May 10, 2012:

Can you tell me how long this would last out of the fridge please? I am thinking about using it to ice my wedding cake :)

Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on May 09, 2012:

Thank you, Abbie. Yes! This recipe is perfect for frosting cakes and you can put it in the fridge to keep cool.

Abbie on May 09, 2012:

Sounds so delicious! I need to frost a cake with this buttercream, do you think it would work well for that function? Also, do you think I could make it ahead and freeze it like I do many other buttercreams? Thanks!

Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on May 05, 2012:

Yes! You can use the same amount, but you may want to microwave the chocolate because it is softer. Thanks for reading.

Nicole on May 05, 2012:

Sounds so wonderful. Can make it with milk chocolate too?

Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on December 02, 2011:

Thank you so much, Derdrie and Greenhousewife. I thought I responded to your comments a while ago, but I must have missed them. Mahalo nui loa.

Aimee on November 01, 2011:

Sounds absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try this one out! Bookmarked for later.

Derdriu on October 31, 2011:

BrittanyTodd: This definitely goes down great with your white chocolate cupcakes. It's a keeper, and already tastes like more.

Thank you, voted up, and across every single category too,


Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 29, 2011:

Thank you! I hope you like them!

K Kiss from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK on October 27, 2011:

I will try this out. For the past week or two I have been day dreaming about cupcakes and this recipe of white chocolate buttercream will only make my cupcakes taste better. Thanks for sharing.

gryphin423 from Florida on October 26, 2011:

Sounds like it would go well with your cupcake recipe. Who doesn't love cupcakes? Voted up and useful!

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