An Addictive White Chocolate Buttercream Recipe

Do you love the smooth, creamy flavor of white chocolate? If so, then this white chocolate buttercream recipe is just what you’ve been waiting for. 

White chocolate buttercream

This creamy, dreamy white chocolate buttercream recipe comes together in minutes!

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White chocolate transforms a typical buttercream recipe into something truly incredible.

While it looks like a standard vanilla buttercream on your finished cake, one bite reveals that this topping is anything but plain old vanilla.

The white chocolate imparts a full-bodied, creamy flavor with almost caramel-like undertones to your buttercream. It’s addictive, and it’s delicious. Even dark chocolate lovers may find themselves giving white chocolate another chance once they taste this unique frosting!

White chocolate buttercream

White chocolate buttercream

Makes enough to frost one two-layer, one 8″ to 9″ cake, or 24 cupcakes

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar, sifted 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces high-quality white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled 
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk or cream, to thin (if needed) 

Step 1:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, one cup of the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. 

Step 2:

Add the white chocolate and salt, and beat on medium-high speed until incorporated.

White chocolate mixture

Step 3:

Add the remaining sugar, one cup at a time, mixing on low speed at first and then increasing the speed as the sugar is absorbed, until the mixture has attained your desired spreading or piping consistency. If at any point it becomes too thick or clay-like in texture, add in milk or cream, a few teaspoons at a time, to thin.

Recipe notes

This buttercream sets up almost like a “crusting” buttercream — that is to say, it becomes firm as it cools. As such, it’s best to use this buttercream to ice or fill your cake directly after you make it. 

Since the white chocolate is a dominant flavor in this recipe, use the best quality white chocolate you can get your hands on. It makes a difference!

Regarding the white chocolate being melted and “slightly cooled” — this means that you should have melted the white chocolate and let it cool for just a few minutes, so that it is no longer hot; however, it should still be soft and pliable. 

Need help melting your chocolate properly? Check out this handy post on how to melt white chocolate.

How to use your white chocolate buttercream

White chocolate buttercream

How should you use your white chocolate buttercream? Great question. Here are six inspiring ideas:

  • Make your next birthday cake slightly nontraditional (but totally delicious) with white chocolate buttercream!
  • Use this white chocolate buttercream to fill sandwich cookies or whoopie pies.
  • White chocolate buttercream is the perfect topping for a classic carrot cake
  • Alternate filling a layer cake with white chocolate and chocolate buttercream for a pretty and delicious finished dessert. 
  • Use white chocolate buttercream as an alternative to cream cheese icing on your next red velvet cake.
  • White chocolate buttercream can act as a decadent doughnut filling

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