How To Make White Chocolate Buttercream

People love our chocolate buttercream recipe and we’ve had quite a few requests for the recipe of white chocolate buttercream too.

It can be a bit tricky to make as it gets difficult to manage the sweetness of the buttercream. Generally, bakers use a 1:1 ratio of butter and icing sugar which is very sweet and then add melted white chocolate to it. This makes it extra sweet.

In my recipe, I have tried to cut down this sweetness to our liking.

Like the chocolate buttercream, this one too is smooth and perfect for use in different desserts like Macarons, celebration Cakes, pastries, cupcakes,  etc.

White Chocolate Buttercream Recipe Video Tutorial

Taste and texture of the buttercream

The texture of the buttercream is Silky and smooth, easy to pipe or spread.

If you love white chocolate, then you must be a person who likes the vanilla flavor. The buttercream has melted white chocolate and vanilla bean paste which makes for the best vanilla frosting!

Key ingredients used for the recipe and their relevance

Unsalted butter– it’s important you use the correct type of butter at the correct consistency. Using unsalted butter at the soft stage will ensure the best outcome.

White chocolate – working with white chocolate can be a bit complicated. It can burn fast if heated for a long duration. Make sure while melting, keep the chocolate for 20-30 second blasts in the microwave and stir in between.

Salt– a pinch of salt can do wonders in a recipe. It helps enhance the flavor you want to stand out.

Vanilla bean paste-vanilla bean paste is the purest extract of vanilla flavor. It’s very thick and concentrated. In case you do not have vanilla bean paste, you can use essence but more than paste quantity.

All Ingredient List for Making White Chocolate Buttercream

Ingredients for white chocolate buttercream

Ingredients for White Chocolate Buttercream Quantity
Unsalted Butter
200 g
White Chocolate
100 g
Icing Sugar
50 g
20 g
Vanilla Bean Paste
1/4 tsp
A pinch

All equipment needed for the recipe

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Digital kitchen weighing scale
  • Bowls and spoons
  • Spatula
  • Sieve 
  • Hand beater

Steps to prepare white chocolate buttercream


  1. Melt white chocolate in the microwave and keep it aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix milk and icing sugar. Make sure the sugar dissolves in the milk.
  3. Now, in a new bowl, beat unsalted butter till it is light n fluffy.
  4. Add milk and icing sugar mixture while gradually beating butter.
  5. Add the vanilla bean paste and salt to it. Give it a mix.
  6. Finally, add melted white chocolate and give this a final mix.

Chef's Tip And Key Points

  1. Use only softened unsalted butter. By soft, we mean that you are able to press the butter and it makes an impression. Do not use cold/ hard butter or too soft butter.
  2. Melt the chocolate carefully. You can either use the microwave or a double boiler to melt. If using the double boiler method, ensure that the steam does not reach the chocolate.
  3. Use slightly warm chocolate when adding it to the buttercream. If it’s too hot the butter will melt. If the chocolate is cool then it will seize into small grains when added.
  4. You can use couverture white chocolate as well to enhance the flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Why is my white chocolate buttercream grainy?

Ans. There can be a couple of reasons for this. If the butter was too cold, it won’t beat well and the sugar will not dissolve.

Before mixing icing sugar into the milk, make sure to sieve it. Also, mix it until it dissolves completely in the milk.

Q2. Does white chocolate buttercream need to be refrigerated?

Ans. If you are left with unused buttercream, you can store it in airtight box in the fridge and use it for up to a week.

Q3. Can you add food coloring to the white chocolate buttercream?

Ans. Absolutely yes! Being white in color, you can add any gel color of your choice to this buttercream.

Q4. Can you add any other flavor to white chocolate buttercream?

Ans. Yes! In case you wish to add any other flavor apart from vanilla you can use oil-based essence of the required flavor. The common flavor pairings that go well with white chocolate buttercream are mint, pistachio, strawberry, Blueberry

Q5. What happens if you beat buttercream too long?

Ans. Beating buttercream for long can lead to the incorporation of air bubbles in it.