White Frosting

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
20 min

Yield:
about 2 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces, softened
  • Assorted food coloring
Directions

Whisk the egg whites, sugar and salt in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water) until the mixture is warm and the sugar dissolves. Remove the bowl from the pan; let cool slightly.

Beat the egg white mixture in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer) on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, 12 to 15 minutes. Beat in the butter a few pieces at a time, then continue beating until smooth. (Don't worry if the mixture looks separated at first-it will come together as you keep beating.) To color the icing, divide into two 1-cup portions and follow these instructions.

Photograph by Levi Brown

Cook's Note: Make sure that your butter is nice and soft (with no chill) or the buttercream may curdled when mixing.


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