This easy White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe is made with 5 ingredients total and looks gorgeous on cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. I love this frosting because it's light in hue and easily takes up natural vegetable based food coloring. My go-to frosting recipe will soon be yours too! I tested it dozens of times in order to make the perfect icing recipe.
I based this White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe on my original Dairy-Free Chocolate Frosting recipe from 2008. The science behind that recipe is basically an amazing combination of 2 ingredients –cacao butter and coconut oil. I translated that recipe into one without any coconut because I did not want that flavor in my icing. Instead, I use butter as the primary fat in this recipe.
This White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe uses creamy butter and a light clear sweetener along with cacao butter to stiffen up the mixture and give it additional flavor. Add in natural vegetable based food coloring and you have an incredibly rich, real buttercream icing made from 5 ingredients total.
Most icing recipes have an ingredient ratio of around 3:1, sugar to butter. I wanted a healthier recipe that had more creaminess and less sweetener. While I wouldn't say this recipe is healthy, it's definitely healthier, with a 1:1 ratio of butter to sugar, so it's a little easier on blood sugar levels of those folks cutting back on simple sugars and other carbohydrates.
When you make this homemade frosting recipe, grind your sugar into a powder in a high speed blender or coffee grinder. I've tried making this recipe with plain cane sugar and it didn't work at all. It was very granular and didn't have a smooth frosting-like texture. I also tried using coconut sugar in this icing and it was not a win.
It would be very convenient to use powdered sugar in this recipe. Unfortunately, I've read that all of the powdered sugar on the market contains cornstarch. I've been on a corn-free diet since I went paleo in 2001. While making your own powdered sugar is more work, your end result is a corn-free icing, that's GMO-free. Corn is a crop that is often genetically modified, and that's one more reason to avoid corn completely!
This icing recipe is perfect on my Paleo Sugar Cookies (as shown above) and makes a lovely gluten-free dessert for Valentine's Day, Christmas, and other holidays. It's also amazing on my Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes. It can frost 9 cupcakes if you spread the icing over the cupcakes in a slim layer. If you want to pipe mountains of frosting over your cupcakes, make a double batch of this recipe.
I'll be experimenting with using this icing on other healthy Valentine's desserts since my younger son loves all things vanilla and white chocolate. If you're looking for easy, healthy recipes for Valentine's Day you'll want to check out my Paleo Valentine's Day Recipes post!
If you are a beginner cook wondering how to make frosting with real butter, this is the recipe for you. My children and their friends devoured this icing and loved the gluten-free sprinkles that I used to make these healthy cookies especially festive. My husband thought they were amazing too!
We love this White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe as it's very similar to a traditional buttercream frosting. It looks and tastes fabulous on my healthy desserts. Here are more refined sugar-free frosting recipes for you!