Chocolate Buttercream for Baby Bluebird Cupcakes

Makes 2 1/2 cups

Use this recipe when making our Nesting Baby Bluebirds cupcakes.


  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 3 large egg whites

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled


  1. Combine sugar and egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Place over a pot of simmering water; whisk until hot and sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Transfer bowl to mixer stand, and beat on high speed until cooled, 7 to 10 minutes.

  2. Replace whisk with paddle attachment, and set mixer on medium-high speed; add butter, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, until incorporated. Beat in chocolate. If not using immediately, refrigerate buttercream in an airtight container for up to a week. Bring to room temperature, and rebeat or stir vigorously before using.

Cook's Notes

If you live in a warm climate or you want to display your cupcakes for an extended period of time, use half solid vegetable shortening and half butter, which will result in a more stable frosting.

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