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White Buttercream Recipe

How to achieve white buttercream filling/frosting
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Servings 8
Calories 471 kcal


  • 5.5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 cups White unsalted Butter Use the whitest butter you can find
  • 2.5 tsp Clear Vanilla Extract or other clear flavoring
  • 5 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Violet Gel Food Coloring tiny amount on a toothpick
  • White Gel Good Coloring a few drops (optional)


  • Whip/Mix the butter extensively until it becomes pale, light, and fluffly.
  • While mixing on low add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time until fully blended. 2-3 min.
  • Add clear vanilla and half of the whipping cream on medium for 1 min.
  • Add remaining cream until desired consistency.
  • Dip a toothpick into a tiny bit of violet gel color and add to the buttercream and mix.
  • Add a few drops of white gel color and mix. (optional for extra brightness)



  • Whipping the butter extensively helps lighten the butter to start. 
  • Always start with less violet gel color to measure the value.  You don't want the buttercream to take on a greyish, blue, or purple color.  You only need a tiny bit!  The violet gel color off-sets the yellow hue in the butter.   Then (for extra brightness) add a few drops of white gel to assist in achieving the whitest buttercream.  
  • Make sure you use clear flavoring to help achieve a whiter buttercream.  Colored flavorings won't ruin the buttercream but you're going for white and it won't turn out as white as you'd like.  
**For warm climates you can add 1-2 cups of vegetable shortening to stabilize the buttercream.  Whip together with the butter before adding any other ingredients.  You can also add more flavoring, reduce the whipping cream, and/or sub the cream for a little water as milk or cream can separate in the heat.   


Sodium: 7mgCalcium: 9mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 184IUSugar: 108gPotassium: 12mgCholesterol: 17mgCalories: 471kcalSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 5gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 110gIron: 1mg
Keyword buttercream, filling
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