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French Buttercream

French buttercream has a custard-like texture and is great if you're going to be piping shapes or decorations. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Cook time: 40 min.
  • Makes
    4 cups


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • In a small heavy saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil; cook over medium-high heat until a thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage), 3 to 4 minutes. Meanwhile, using a stand mixer, beat egg yolks in a large bowl on high speed until thick and foamy, 8-10 minutes.
  • Slowly pour hot sugar syrup over egg yolks while beating continuously. Continue beating on high until mixture cools to room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Gradually add butter, a few tablespoons at a time, beating on medium after each addition until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Use immediately.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 72 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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