Swiss Buttercream
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 cups Hani
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature 1 stick of butter is 113grams
  • 4 egg whites 1egg white is approximately 30 grams
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs Vanilla extract
  • Candy Thermometer
  1. Place the egg whites and the sugar in a clean bowl of your mixer and place it over a pot of simmering water, whisking constantly, until egg whites get too hot to touch, you want the sugar to dissolve and bring the egg whites to a safe temperature for use. Attach a candy thermometer and stir the egg whites until the thermometer reads 160-170F.
  2. Remove the bowl from the pot.
  3. Place the bowl on a stand mixer and beat it on high until stiff and shiny peaks are formed and sides of the bowl are lukewarm to the touch.
  4. Gradually add room temperature butter, beating well after each addition.
  5. Don't worry if the mixture curdles a little, turn the mixer on medium high and beat until you have a silky buttercream .
  6. Add  1 tbl pure vanilla extract and  beat the buttercream  for a few more minutes, until well combined.
  7. This buttercream can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days, or refrigerated for a week, or frozen for up to 3 months. Bring it to room temperature and re-whip it prior using.
Recipe Notes

If using in the heat of the summer, you can substitute 1 stick of butter for shortening that can hold up to better in hotter temperatures. I personally try to avoid using traditional shortening. You can try using other better for your shortenings that are available. In the hot months I also like to add about 2tbl meringue powder per batch, once the buttercream is all whipped and made, ready to go I mix in meringue powder to stabilize it little more.

Remember butter starts to melt at  82.4F -96.8F (26-36C), so if you are planning to make this buttercream in the heat of the Summer, consider  cake, or cupcake display inside, in the air conditioned area.

Swiss Buttercream Flavors