Say ‘hello’ to your new favorite buttercream recipe! My easy recipe for French buttercream is silky smooth, luscious, flavorful and it holds its shape perfectly! It’s a less-sweet and more smooth alternative than my regular chocolate buttercream. If you’ve never tried making and using this version of buttercream before, you’re in for a real treat! This frosting recipe is great for cakes, cupcakes and any other dessert. One batch of this frosting will work for 24 cupcakes or a two layer, 8-inch cake.
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How To Make French Buttercream
How To Flavor French Buttercream
The beauty of this recipe is you can create an endless variety of flavors! For this video recipe, I created a coffee-chocolate version for my ‘Chocolate Coffee Cake’ (also from the cookbook!), using melted chocolate and coffee emulsion. This recipe will work great with white chocolate or simply add any type of flavoring such as caramel/dulce de leche, vanilla, lavender oil or even strawberry emulsion! You can even add a few tablespoons of berry preserves for a berry flavor. I recommend adding any flavor at the end of the recipe, once the buttercream is ready.
Looking for more frosting and cake recipes? I have an entire ‘Back to Cake Basics’ series, showing you how to make simple, everyday recipes that you can mix and match to create your own cake recipe!
- Try my newest addition to the series ‘Italian Meringue Buttercream’ made with egg whites!
- I love this classic ‘Cream Cheese Frosting’!
- And if you want to try something new, my recipe for ‘German Buttercream’ using vanilla pastry cream is delicious!
For my video recipe and in my cookbook, I used this chocolate buttercream for my ‘Chocolate Coffee Cake’. This moist and rich chocolate cake is filled with a creamy coffee custard and frosted with a coffee-flavored chocolate frosting. If you love coffee and chocolate, you’re going to love this cake recipe!
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