Easy Swiss Meringue Buttercream


This buttercream is light and fluffy and good for those who don't like a sickeningly sweet American buttercream. Make sure you use real egg whites and not pasteurized egg whites (such as Egg Beaters®). They are heat processed and will not whip into a meringue.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
3 cups


  • cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Heat 1/3 cup sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and syrup just starts to bubble. Remove from heat.

  2. Pour egg whites into a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Beat in 2 tablespoons sugar. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form.

  3. While the egg whites are beating, return the syrup to high heat. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the syrup reads 248 degrees F (120 degrees C). Pour syrup carefully into the stiff egg whites, with the mixer running on low. Increase speed and beat until meringue is thick and shiny and the bowl is cool to the touch.

  4. Beat butter and confectioners' sugar in a separate bowl until smooth. Beat in meringue until thoroughly mixed. Add almond extract.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 1 teaspoon extract of your choice for the almond extract, or use 1/4 teaspoon flavoring oil instead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

84 Calories
8g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Calcium 2mg 0%
Potassium 7mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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