How to Make the Perfect Swiss Meringue Buttercream? – Le Dolci
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How to Make the Perfect Swiss Meringue Buttercream?

Le Dolci Culinary Classroom's Secret Recipe: Swiss Meringue Buttercream

How to Make the Perfect Swiss Meringue Buttercream?

Le Dolci Culinary Classroom's Secret Recipe: Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Swiss Meringue Buttercream is a heavenly concoction that brings a velvety texture and a delicate sweetness to any dessert it graces. Unlike its American counterpart, this buttercream is prepared by gently heating egg whites and sugar over a double boiler until the sugar dissolves. The mixture is then whipped to stiff peaks before the addition of premium unsalted butter creates a dreamy, satiny delight. The result is an incredibly smooth and stable buttercream with a subtle, not-too-sweet taste that flawlessly complements cakes, cupcakes, and pastries

Why Choose Swiss Meringue Buttercream?

Silky Smooth Perfection: Swiss Meringue Buttercream boasts an unmatched smoothness that allows for effortless spreading and piping. Its elegance is perfect for creating flawlessly decorated cakes with a professional finish.

Versatility Personified: This buttercream provides a versatile canvas for creativity. Infuse it with flavors like vanilla bean, chocolate, citrus, or berry to customize your confections according to your preferences.

Ideal for Complex Designs: Swiss Meringue Buttercream is a decorator's dream. It holds intricate designs, maintains its shape, and can be effortlessly smoothed to perfection.

Light and Airy Texture: The airy and light texture of this buttercream ensures a delightful mouthfeel, enhancing the overall eating experience of your baked treats.

Here is what we believe to be the best Swiss Meringue Buttercream at Le Dolci Culinary Studio, here in Toronto. 

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Yield: enough buttercream to stack and mask a 6” round cake


  • 300g sugar
  • 225g egg whites (pasteurized)
  • 340g butter (room temperature)
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Setup a bain marie (also known as a double boiler) with a pot and water filled around a third of the way. Set to low/medium heat so that the water will simmer rather than boil. The bowl resting on top of the pot should not be touching the water.
  2. Combine egg whites and sugar into a bowl and whisk immediately. If you’re using a stand mixer, use the electric-mixing bowl to minimize dishes!
  3. Continuously stir the egg whites and sugar with a whisk over the bain marie until the mixture is hot to touch and the sugar granules are melted. Make sure you keep stirring along the bottom of the bowl!
  4. Once the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot, use the whisk attachment on your stand or handheld mixer on medium-high speed to bring the mixture to ‘soft peak’ stage.
  5. Add the butter a little at a time on low to medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl from time to time and thoroughly incorporate the mixture before the addition of more butter.
  6. Use buttercream to decorate on the same day or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to one week or the freezer for up to three months.

Mastering Swiss Meringue Buttercream at Le Dolci Culinary Studio

At Le Dolci, our mission is to empower our students with the knowledge and skills to create delectable treats. Our Swiss Meringue Buttercream classes are designed with the novice in mind, yet cater to the interests of experienced bakers. Here's what you can expect from our classes:

Hands-On Learning: Get ready to roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in the art of making Swiss Meringue Buttercream. You'll gain practical experience that you can apply to future baking projects.

Flavour Experimentation: Learn to play with flavours and colours, creating a spectrum of mouthwatering variations that cater to various palates and occasions.

Decorating Techniques: Discover the art of decorating cakes and cupcakes using Swiss Meringue Buttercream, giving you the confidence to craft visually stunning masterpieces.

Tempted to do a baking class in Toronto to learn more about buttercream? Look no further than Le Dolci

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