How to make Ermine (cooked flour) Buttercream Frosting – Q&A

Hi guys, so many of you have seen my YouTube tutorial on how to make ermine buttercream frosting and there have been so many questions regarding this recipe! So, I’ve decided to combine all your questions into one place and answer them for you so that you can refer back to this post whenever you need to!

Easy to follow recipe – alternative buttercream to American Buttercream – less sweet and Delicious!


Watch the full tutorial on YouTube and check out the recipe here!

Questions & Answers on how to successfully make Ermine Buttercream Frosting (also known as cooked flour frosting)

Question 1: Can I use a hand mixer?

Absolutely! Almost any recipe, besides dough probably, can be successfully made using a stand or hand mixer.It may just take a little more time or patience.

Question 2: How do I color this buttercream frosting?

This buttercream frosting can be colored just as you would any other frosting. The best time to add the coloring in is right at the end. You can use gel, powder or liquid food coloring. I’ve even used spreads, such as biscoff, nutella or peanut butter. The key is to add a little at a time, mix, taste and add more if desired.

Question 3: Which recipes go well with this buttercream?

Ermine buttercream frosting can be used on any cake you like. It is mainly known to go well with red velvet, carrot cake or vanilla cakes, but I use it on all cakes or cupcakes.

Question 4: Is this buttercream stable and how will it withstand my hot climate?

Yes, it is quite stable as it uses flour, but you can increase the stability by substituting half the flour for corn flour/cornstarch. If you want to use it in a hot climate, try to refrigerate as much as possible. Any butter based frosting will only be able to withstand the heat for a certain time and then must be kept cold. So if you can, always keep in a cool environment.

Question 5: How much does this recipe make?

This recipe makes about 2 cups of buttercream frosting and it should cover 2 x 8 inch cakes or frost 12 to 16 cupcakes. (It all depends on how much frosting you use)

Question 6: How long can you store this frosting for?

This frosting can be stored in the fridge for around 3 days

Question 7: Can I use low fat milk instead of full cream?

Yes! You can use any type of milk for this recipe. Note, if using non-dairy milks, such as almond or other, the taste will change!

Question 8: Can I use a spread or margarine instead of butter?

No, I wouldn’t recommend using anything other than butter, specifically unsalted.

Question 9: Can I pipe flowers with this buttercream?

You can pipe the basic flowers, but it will be more difficult to use with more intricate piping, such as Russian piping tips, for example.

Question 10: Can I substitute the butter for Vegan shortening?

Yes, you can! A lovely subscriber did exactly this and she said it turned out great! Light & fluffy as it should be.

Question 11: Does this buttercream frosting taste like flour???

Not at all! The flour taste is cooked away and leaves a very smooth taste, sweet but not as over powering sweet as american buttercream and a velvety texture that is just amazing!

Question 12: Can I use cream cheese instead of butter?

No, this will totally change the recipe and taste. Rather make a cream cheese frosting if you like, or use this recipe as is?

Question 13: Can I add flavors to this recipe?

Yes, the best time to add flavorings is once the flour mixture has cooked, just before placing it in the fridge. Give it a quick mix together and place into a clean bowl, into the fridge.

Question 14: How can I turn this into chocolate frosting?

Very easily, just add up to a ¼ cup of cocoa at the end and mix well. Start by adding a little at a time and taste until you are happy with it.

3 thoughts on “How to make Ermine (cooked flour) Buttercream Frosting – Q&A

  1. Hi i tried your recipe and its absolutely delicious. My question is that i read on your Q&A that its only 3 days for storing at the fridge. My concern is that if i had used it as a buttercream in my meringue, keep it at the fridge, would it stay also for 3 days only?
    Kindly enlightened me if how many days/weeks is the shelf life of this ermine.. thank u soo sooo much in advance and it would be soo lovely if i can have the answer coz i really adore your ermine 😍 thank u
    And if possible, i humbly request for meringue tutorials.


    1. Hello Yuri, I’m so glad you like this recipe! You could try up to 5 days in the fridge, but taste it too see how it’s keeping in the fridge. You can freeze it too. Of course let it come to room temperature before using it. Exactly what type of meringue tutorials are you looking for? Meringue buttercream or just meringue to bake in the oven?


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