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Ingredients

Directions

  • Beat butter with electric mixer until fluffy and pale. Transfer to small bowl.

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  • In double boiler over simmering water, whisk sugar and egg whites until warm and sugar is dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to clean bowl of electric mixer; beat on high with whisk attachment until fluffy and cooled, about 10 minutes.

  • Reduce mixer to medium-low; add butter a scant 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

  • Switch to paddle attachment; beat on lowest speed 3 to 5 minutes. Leave at room temperature if using same day.

Cook's Notes

Store airtight in refrigerator up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature; beat until smooth.

Reviews (7)

154 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 39
  • 2 star values: 24
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2014
AMAZING! A tip, however: Directions say: store 3 days, warm to room temp, then mix. ROOM TEMP is key. IF you mix too soon, it will curdle and liquify (imagine my horror after making 2 batches, carefully packing them and cake out of town to decorate on site for a bridal shower!) Worry not, just take a small amount(3/4c?), put in micro for no more 8-10 seconds, then mix that in.. the warmed batter will raise temp enough to remix.. OR just REALLY wait until it's room temp to begin mixing. Whew!
Rating: Unrated
06/08/2014
Awesome recipe. Made this for a friend's daughter's graduation. I must have eaten half the frosting. It was amazing. Making it again later on today for my son's graduation. And to think I'm on a sugar detox diet! Thank you Martha.
Rating: Unrated
08/31/2011
This is my go to frosting. In no way does it ever taste like grocery store frosting. If I ever go back to the crisco butter Wilton recipe people get mad at me! In fact, I am making a baby shower cake tonight with it.
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Rating: Unrated
03/20/2011
If you want to spend a good amount of time, effort and money making something that tastes EXACTLY like the grocery store cake frosting, make this. I was horrified at the way it tasted, and super disappointed. Maybe with salted butter, it would taste better. I'm never going to try it.
Rating: Unrated
03/11/2011
Amazing texture and flavor. I made it with salted butter because I prefer salty undertones. Very yummy!
Rating: Unrated
05/21/2010
Best frosting recipe ever..really smooth and buttery. Easy to make and great to pipe on cakes and cup cakes!
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Rating: Unrated
04/03/2010
WOW! This frosting is so good, I'm giggling. Just buy bigger pants before you even make it!!! : )