Tuesday, May 21, 2019

White Frosting Recipe

A light and creamy white frosting that's perfect for topping your latest baked goods. Whether you use it to frost cupcakes, cookies, brownies or cake,  you'll be glad you tried it.

This frosting starts out with a cooked milk and flour base. It gives it a bit of an old-fashioned feel.

Because the recipe uses granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar, you won't have that overpowering sweetness that sometimes comes with frosting. Instead, you'll have a frosting that's smooth, creamy and irresistible.

White Frosting for Brownies

This recipe uses a bit of a different method to make - don't worry I'll walk you through it with a video tutorial.

I use this white frosting for brownies. Yes, you read that right! It's the perfect combination because it's not too sweet and it doesn't take away from the chocolate perfection that is the brownie. Top it with a little chocolate glaze and it is perfection!

White Frosting Recipe

Smooth and creamy white frosting

You know how frosting sometimes can get that hard crusty layer after a day or two? Well this frosting  doesn't do that. It stays soft and perfect.

Other names for this white frosting

This frosting is also called boiled milk frosting, ermine frosting or cloudburst frosting. Other name variations include roux frosting, cooked milk frosting and cooked flour frosting. It is said to have been the original frosting for red velvet cake

Boiled Milk Frosting

How to Make Light and Creamy Vanilla Frosting

The process for this frosting is a little bit more involved that your typical frosting. But it is SO worth it! It's not really hard, but it does take a some planning ahead. 
Light and Creamy Vanilla Frosting

I'll admit the process seems a little odd and it's kind of hard to explain. I'll do my best, but be sure to watch the video and it will all make sense.

First you combine the flour and milk in a saucepan. Heat it, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a custard-like consistency. Then add the vanilla and cool completely. I popped it into the refrigerator. It doesn't need to be cold, but it can't be warm, or it will melt the butter that we add it to later.

Once your flour mixture has cooled down. Beat the butter and sugar for 3-5 minutes on high speed. Add the flour/milk mixture and continue beating until smooth and creamy.

How to tell if the frosting is done?

The easiest way is to taste a little bit of it. If you can still feel the sugar granules on your tongue, then continue beating. If all you feel is velvety soft frosting then it's done.

A little note about the video. I made 1/2 a batch when I made the video. That's perfect to top a pan of brownies, which is what I was making it for. If you're frosting a layer cake, or cupcakes you will want to make a full batch.

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Recipe Variations

While vanilla frosting is good for pretty much any dessert, sometimes another flavor would pair better.

Almond frosting

Instead of adding vanilla flavoring, you could try almond flavoring. (Can I just tell you how much I love the smell of that stuff?!)

Mint frosting

You could substitute mint extract for the vanilla. Add in a drop or two of green food coloring to make mint frosting.

Chocolate frosting

I also tried a chocolate version. The secret? Just add in tablespoon or two of cocoa into the milk/flour mix. It gives it a subtle chocolate flavor.

White Frosting Recipe

You may also like this simple chocolate frosting recipe.
White Frosting Recipe
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White Frosting Recipe

Servings: 18
Author: Rachel
Prep time: 15 MinTotal time: 15 Min
A light and creamy white frosting that's perfect for topping your latest baked goods.


  • 1 c. milk
  • 5 T. flour
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c. granulated sugar


  1. Whisk together milk and flour in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until it thickens to a custard-like consistency.
  2. Stir in vanilla and cool completely.
  3. Mix together butter and sugar in a stand mixer. Beat for 3-5 minutes. 
  4. Add the milk/flour mixture and beat until smooth and creamy.


How do I tell if it's done? Taste it! If you feel sugar granules on your tongue, keep mixing until they're dissolved. Variations: Almond - Substitute almond flavoring for the vanilla flavoring Mint - Substitute mint extract for the vanilla flavoring. Add a drop or two of green food coloring Chocolate - Add 1-2 T. of cocoa to the milk/flour mixture.

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  1. This looks like a great white frosting recipe, that I will sure try! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  2. Hey sweets, I make a similar version except I make my base in the microwave with the sugar added to the milk and flour. I just keep stirring it till its thick and almost has a translucent look, then after its cool I add the cold butter in chunks with the vanilla. We call it real buttercream frosting!