Ermine Frosting

July  5, 2020
1 Ratings
Photo by Striped Spatula with Amanda Biddle
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Makes 4 cups
Author Notes

light & fluffy frosting, also known as a roux frosting, that uses a milk and flour paste instead of powdered sugar giving you a frosting that is airy and just the right amount of sweetness. —Raul Estrada

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup Whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons All-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup White sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla extract
  1. Whisk together milk and flour in saucepan over medium heat until mixture thickens and a paste forms. Approximately 5 minutes.
  2. In stand mixer bowl, beat together butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium-high speed until creamy, scraping at the sides as necessary.
  3. Add milk-flour paste until mixture is light and airy.

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4 Reviews

Mary March 19, 2023
It’s the best icing, really!
My grandma made this all the time, but she didn’t call it “Ermine Frosting”, it was just icing for the Devil’s Food cake she made.
I’ve tried just about all chocolate cake recipes out there over the years, and I found it.
And this now completes the search for the best icing (although 7 minute frosting comes in a close second:).
Gene May 1, 2023
Totally agree, this frosting is the best. I'm still looking for the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe... Tried dozens, but nothing so far knocked my socks off.
Mary May 1, 2023
I found the best and now only chocolate cake/cupcake recipe that I’ll use after trying lots over the years.
I didn’t want it to have too much (or any) butter because I knew the frosting most likely would…I guess I can’t post it here because it wasn’t on the site.
Eileen June 20, 2023
Please post it.