Frostings, Pantry Staple Recipe

Ermine Frosting (made with flour?!)

You may know what ermine icing is, or you may have never heard of it. This frosting was also called, “boiled milk” frosting, because it is made from boiling milk, sugar, and a secret ingredient, and then whipping it up with butter. This has the texture of whipped cream and swiss meringue buttercream, but is less sweet. This is generally paired with red velvet cake.

Now you are probably wondering what the secret ingredient is…it is flour! This thickens the milk and sugar and makes it sort of like a pudding. Then you whip butter, add this, and whip it up more for a sweet, creamy frosting.

This frosting is easier than you think. Just give it a try, it pairs with almost anything!


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  1. In a saucepan, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, and milk. Once combined, heat over medium and stir constantly, for about 8-12 minutes, until it forms a pudding-like consistency. Pour into a bowl and place plastic wrap on top of the pudding mixture. Let it come to room temperature (completely) before adding to the butter.
  2. In a stand mixer, with a whisk attachment, whip the butter on medium-high speed for about 5-10 minutes until white, and pale. A tablespoon at a time, add the pudding mixture, adding after each addition is fully incorporated.
  3. Beat on high for about 4 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  4. Use to frost your favorite cake/cupcakes!



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