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How To Make French Buttercream (video)


Say ‘hello’ to your new favorite buttercream recipe, a new recipe from my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ series! 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!

One batch of this frosting will work for 24 cupcakes or a two layer, 8-inch cake. This frosting recipe is great for cakes, cupcakes and any other dessert.

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How To Make French Buttercream

So what makes French buttercream so great? The method of preparation is quite different that any other frosting! It’s still made with butter but instead of confectioner’s sugar, it’s made with egg yolks, sugar syrup and butter. The egg yolks are whisked until pale, then super hot sugar syrup is added slowly, cooking the egg yolks and creating a thick custard.

The butter is added gradually in small amounts, until a fluffy and smooth buttercream forms. The egg yolks are fully cooked by the hot sugar syrup so no need to worry about raw yolks! The yolks add incredible flavor to the frosting, one you don’t get with other recipes.

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.

Chocolate Coffee Cake

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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This recipe is from my newly released book, ‘The European Cake Cookbook’. You’ll find this recipe used throughout my cookbook and on my blog! Make sure to get a copy of my new cookbook here! It’s available online on and also in-stores, like Barnes&Noble! This cookbook contains 65, all-new cake recipes that are perfect for any occasion!

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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!

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Get a candy thermometer to make sure the sugar syrup reaches the right temp.
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