Italian Buttercream Icing Recipe

This Italian Buttercream Icing Recipe, is so fluffy and light (not light in calories) that it makes a total difference. Its a little scary in the beginning because it curdles up and you think it went bad, but keep whipping and you will see how it pulls together and becomes a wonderful frosting for your cakes and cupcakes.

You can also add food coloring and flavor if you prefer.

For this recipe you will need a candy thermometer and a pastry brush.

I used this recipe for my 15 cupcakes and 24 mini cupcakes and it was enough for all.


– 6 egg whites

– 1/4 cup of water

– 1 1/8 cup of sugar

– 1 1/2 cups of cold unsalted butter cut in slices (3 sticks)

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or your favorite flavor)

– food coloring


Put the egg whites into your KitchenAid Mixer bowl and attach the wire whip attachment.

On a glass or cup add water and ice and let your pastry brush sit in the cold water while you prepare the syrup.

On a small pot on medium high heat add sugar and water and whisk it just until you start feeling the sugar ganules are dissolved. Once it starts boiling DONT TOUCH IT ANYMORE, all you are going to do is brush the sides of the pot with the brush dipped in cold water to dissolve the crystals that are forming on the sides of the pot. Put the Candy Thermometer in, once its starts boiling turn on your mixer to the highest speed and whip the eggs.

When your thermometer hits 240F turn off the heat. Once the egg whites are fluffy and forming peaks you can pour the hot syrup over the egg whites and keep whipping it until the bowl feels cool to the touch, this will take around 15 minutes. (make sure you wipe the botom of your pot for any water, if any water gets into the eggs it may ruin your frosting).

Once your bowl feels cold, turn down your mixer to speed 2 and start adding the butter, slice by slice and also the vanilla (or your preferred flavoring), DO NOT BE SCARED, your frosting will be soupy and will start to curdle up, KEEP WHIPPING IT!!!

You will see that it will start to thicken up and it will look almost like cottage cheese, dont worry, keep whipping. After a while you will notice that your buttercream will start forming and will be smooth and fluffy. Once it becomes smooth and thick, you can turn off your mixer. If you like you can add food coloring at this point.

Fill a piping bag with yout favorite tip on and start frosting those cupcakes or your big cake.

I hope you like this frosting, its perfect for wedding cakes or birthday cakes as well.



Brushing the sides of the pot with cold water to dissolve sugar crystals


Once it hit 240F its ready


Pour it over your egg whites and keep whipping it, this will "cook"your egg whites


After the bowl feels cool to the touch your egg whites should look like this


Once you start adding the butter, your mix will be soupy


Starting to curdle...


This is normal, don't freak out!


It gets worse before it gets better :-)


Now its starting to look like buttercream


Phew, its working...


Finally, nice and fluffy


I added some food coloring and frosted my cupcakes with different tips



I made the stars with fondant and food coloring


My beautiful rose cupcake


So cute


I made mini cupcakes as well

Italian Buttercream Icing Recipe