Ermine Icing

Dee Stillwell


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.


★★★★★ 3 votes

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


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  • 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)

How to Make Ermine Icing


  1. 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!

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About Ermine Icing

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

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