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Best Vanilla Buttercream

Why is this recipe crowned the best vanilla buttercream frosting? With its powerfully decadent vanilla bean flavor and delightfully creamy texture, your family and friends will scrape every last bit of this frosting off their plates. —Margaret Knoebel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    5 cups

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces white baking chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, cubed

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt baking chips with cream until smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in vanilla paste and extract. Set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a heatproof bowl of a stand mixer, whisk egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and salt until blended. Place over simmering water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisking constantly, heat mixture until a thermometer reads 160°, 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. With whisk attachment of stand mixer, beat on high speed until cooled to 90°, about 7 minutes. Gradually beat in butter, a few tablespoons at a time, on medium speed until smooth. Beat in cooled baking chip mixture until blended.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 144 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.