Buttercream Icing

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Buttercream Icing [1] [2] is a creamy smooth frosting, great for decorating.


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 5/8 cup sweet butter, softened
  • flavouring; common: vanilla extract (optional: Kahlua, or Grand Marnier)


Blend the first 3 listed ingredients, then put them in a double boiler to heat. Heat until the sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat and whip for a marshmallow consistency. Whip the butter. Take the whipped first 3 ingredients, continue to whip, and slowly blend the whipped butter into it. Season the buttercream icing with any one of the listed flavourings.


  1. Brown, Edward Espe (1986). 25th Anniversary Edition the Tassajara Bread Book. Shambhala Publications, Inc.. pp. 138. ISBN 9781570620898. 
  2. Country Woman Christmas Annual. Taste of Home. 1997. pp. 35. http://http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Gingerbread-Cookies-with-Buttercream-Icing.