Friday, May 25, 2012

Ermine Frosting

Here's the roux based frosting I promised to share with you. It's also known as butter roux or boiled milk frosting. It's so delicious. There's a bakery around here that is known for it's delicious cupcakes topped with this frosting.

It's light and smooth as you eat it, not cloyingly sweet as some buttercreams and don't get me going about the "bettercream" that is foisted upon us by some of the grocery store bakeries. I've been in the back room and I'll tell you that it's shipped to the store in HUGE buckets.

A couple of weeks ago I hosted our neighborhood Bunco game. This is the inspiration for the cake I made. It's from a past issue of Better Homes and Gardens.


 I didn't have a copy of the magazine but was simply going off my memory of what it looked like. I made a batch of white cake batter and tinted it two shades of pink. Instead of four layers, I went with two.


I remembered that they also showed a ribbon type frosting treatment. Here's the inspiration.

Since my cake was pink I did the frosting in white. It's very easy, just a back and forth motion with a bag and frosting tip.


Sorry, I didn't get a picture of the outside of my cake before it got eaten, but it looked fairly similar to the Better Homes and Gardens version.

Here's the recipe. Please try and it let me know what you think.


1 cup whole milk
3 TBSP. all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Whisk the flour into the milk in a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Cook mixture until thickened, whisking constantly to prevent lumps.

Remove from heat and add salt. Pour the mixutre into a clean bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap. This will stop the cooking and prevent a skin for forming. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a stand mixer, begin creaming the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. When milk mixture is slightly cooled, add 1 TBSP. at a time to the creamed butter mixture while the mixer is running on medium speed.

Keep beating..... slowly the gluten will pull the butter into a pseudo emulsion. You should have a very fluffy, light and buttery frosting.

NOTE: Do not let the milk mixture cool completely as you need some heat to melt and emulsify the butter. Also, if it's a hot and humid day you may have to refrigerate the finished product to keep it from sliding off the cake or cupcake.

Made from scratch cake is so delicious and head and shoulders above any box mix. It doesn't take that much more time or steps for a wonderful result. This cake was moist and dense and so yummy.

Let me know if you love Ermine frosting as much as I do.


Terri said...

Sounds interesting... Love cake, but I'm diabetic, so probably won't be trying it. I'll send your site on to others to try.

Susan said...

I did not know this frosting had this name. It is the only frosting I have ever used for Red Velvet Cake. It tastes so much better than frosting with cream cheese. So glad you gave this a name for me.

Vee said...

What a pretty cake! This frosting is very similar to the filling I use for whoopie pies. I will give it a try!

Glenda in Florida said...

I've made this frosting for a long time, and sometimes it works out better than others. Thanks for pointing out that the cooked mixture should still be slightly warm--that explains it all!

Mary said...

Your cake is beautiful and I love Ermine Frosting, use it frequently. I actually found your blog because I was trying to figure out how to add flavors to it, such as blueberry without just putting the fruit on top. I notice you use fruit on yours but have you tried putting it in there?

Suzanne said...

Mary, I haven't tried to add fruit into the frosting. I guess you could whip up a batch and see what happens when you add some fruit.

Anonymous said...

Hi just found this frosting and decided to try it out because it sounded delicious!
Two quick questions though- you mention that the milk mixture should still be slightly warm. How long did you cool it for before you added it to the butter? Was it almost room temp?
Also, how long does it take to get light and fluffy after you combine the milk and butter? I've tried a different version of this before but it was always really dense and almost pudding-y. Firmed up fine after throwing it in the fridge, but I wouldn't really call it fluffy. Hope you can help! :)


Pancho SolĂ­s said...

Ermine frosting is by far my favorite! I love how it's smooth and rich yet not too sweet. Plus, the recipe is dead easy and very fun.

Anonymous said...

We use this frosting all the time, it's one my mother found in an old church cookbook, and we always called it "Mother's Creamy Frosting". This is great on all cakes, and especially nice as filling for sponge cake roll.

Lacie said...

Do you have to use whole milk?

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