Meringue Buttercream Recipes

Learn how to make light and delicious meringue buttercream frosting. Our recipes will also teach you techniques used for Swiss meringue and Italian meringue frostings to decorate your cakes, cupcakes, macarons, and more.

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Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 620
This all-purpose buttercream is our go-to frosting. Swiss meringue buttercream has an ultra-silky, stable texture that spreads beautifully over cakes and cupcakes, and can be be piped into perfect peaks and patterns. It turns out very light, airy, and white—but easily adapts to tinting with your desired tone. Our recipe will teach you the best method for adding color, as well as a delicious variation for chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream.

Italian Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3 stars 305
Use this recipe to frost your favorite layer cake.

Snowman Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 21
Kids can help with every step of these festive cupcakes, from mixing the batter and frosting the tops to creating the snowmen's plump marshmallow figures and affixing their candy eyes, noses, and hats. Set up an assembly line for the perfect afternoon project!

Pink Croquembouche

French for "crunch in the mouth," croquembouche is a tower of cream puffs held together by hot caramel. Martha makes the dessert even more showstopping by turning the pastries pink and filling them with strawberry buttercream.

Martha's Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 60
Famous for its smooth, silky texture and a flavor that is not saccharine, Swiss meringue buttercream is perfect for desserts like layer cakes that need a lot of frosting and could run the risk of tasting too sweet. The finished buttercream will be stable—meaning it won't separate and turn grainy—and is easy to work with: it spreads over cakes like a dream, takes well to food coloring, and can be piped into all sorts of creative designs.  

Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 4 stars 94
Use this buttercream to frost "Whisk Kid" blogger Kaitlin Flannery's colorful Rainbow Cake.

Berry Layer Cake

A blueberry-studded triple-decker cake is decorated with swirls and rosettes of frosting flavored with black raspberry jam, followed by a tumble of fresh berries.

Coffee Buttercream

Flavored with instant espresso powder, this lively frosting goes especially well with chocolate desserts, whether it's a simple batch of cupcakes or Martha's next-level Chocolate Meringue Cake with Coffee Buttercream.

Strawberry Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 284
This recipe for strawberry meringue buttercream from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook" is the perfect frosting for White Cupcakes.

Chocolate Sheet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Cocoa powder and melted chocolate give this classic Chocolate Sheet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream deep, well-rounded flavor. Inspired by devil’s food cake, it's a party-perfect dessert that's rich but not overly sweet. 

Inspiration and Ideas

Praline Buttercream
Use this nutty buttercream to fill layers of our Three-Nut Torte.
Sunflower Cupcakes
Piped buttercream forms the petals of these blooming beauties, while chocolate-covered sunflower seeds create the centers.
Meringue Buttercream
Rating: 3.5 stars 176

This meringue buttercream holds its shape particularly well, making it good for decorating. If the buttercream becomes too soft while piping, stir it over an ice-water bath until it stiffens.This recipe can be used to make our Flower Cake.