Ermine Icing

Dee Stillwell Recipe

By Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE

enough to frost and fill a 9 inch cake
15 Min
5 Min

I first found this recipe in a community cookbook linked with a red velvet cake. That was in the 70s and since then most recipes I have found for red velvet cake, have had creamed cheese frosting. Maybe because this one has to be kept refrigerated and takes a little longer to make. The original recipe said when this icing looks a little curdled, it is perfect.


1 c
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1/4 tsp
1 c
1 c
granulated sugar (i use super fine)
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract (clear vanilla if u want the icing whiter)

Directions Step-By-Step

Whisk flour into milk and place over medium heat in a small sauce pan.
Cook mixture until thickened; remove from heat and add salt;
Cover with plastic wrap directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate about an hour to cool.
In a stand mixer, begin creaming the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add vanilla. When milk mixture is slightly cooled; add 1 TB at a time to the creamed butter mixture while the mixer is running on medium speed.
Slowly but surely the gluten will pull in the butter into an emulsion.
You should have an extremely fluffy, light and buttery frosting when completed. Don't be alarmed if it looks a little curdled. The original recipe said that it is perfect when it looks this way. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Desserts
Hashtag: #icing

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Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE
Nov 12, 2013
I love it too..I had never tried it until red velvet cake became popular. it was the icing we used, not cream cheese icing.Now ppl think cream cheese is the only icing for RV cake..but i prefer the original Ermine.
Denise Broessel dbroessel
Nov 12, 2013
This was always my favorite icing growing up. My mom would put it on a yellow cake with cut up strawberries for my birthday. It's wonderful on a Hershey's Black Magic cake. Thanks for sharing. It's not an easy recipe to come by.
Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE
May 24, 2013
Yes it is and I love it too...the first time I tried this icing, it was on RV cake. That was the icing used in the 70s. It was posted on the recipe page with RV cake.
Linda Payton LJP
May 24, 2013
I've been looking for this recipe for a while now. I had it but lost in a move. My recipe was called Snow Mountain Icing, probably because it looks like fluffy drifts of snow on a cake. It is delicious by whatever name it is called.
Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE
Jan 23, 2013
That's great to hear Cynthia..I'm glad you liked it.