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Russian Buttercream Recipe

Russian Buttercream – ever heard of this frosting? Today, I will familiarise you with this unique and super simple frosting made from just two ingredients – Unsalted butter and sweetened condensed milk. YES, You read that right! Condensed milk in a frosting. But trust me on this one; you have to give it a try. 

It’s the year 2023, and we are still eating age-old whipped cream when it comes to cakes and cupcakes. Of course, it’s one of the safest frostings to use, as everyone loves it.

Other than that, we rely on the chocolate ganache and American/Swiss Meringue buttercream, but they are very subjective, and only a limited clientele asks for them on special occasions. So, it’s time we actually try out some other frostings too. 

This is why I realised I should try this unique Russian Buttercream recipe for you guys. It’s not very known in India but quite famous in Russia and Eastern European countries. There, it is commonly used for frosting cakes and cupcakes. It’s extremely smooth and fluffy, and to my surprise, not very sweet either. 

Russian Buttercream Recipe Video Tutorial

Why You’ll Love This Recipe? 

  • Simple: Even American buttercream can be more tricky than Russian buttercream. It’s that simple, whip up some unsalted butter and gradually add the condensed. And you are done. Super easy, isn’t it? 
  • Smooth and Fluffy: Unlike American buttercream, which is heavy and even gritty, this buttercream is really smooth and fluffy. The amount of air incorporated while beating the butter is high, which helps it become soft and light. 
  • Versatile: You can create as many flavours as you want by adding any flavoured essence. The base recipe is just butter and condensed milk. So you can add any essence and even colour to make different frostings. 

Important Ingredients Used In The Recipe

The recipe needs just two ingredients – unsalted butter and sweetened condensed milk. 

  • Unsalted Butter– I always recommend using unsalted butter to make any buttercream. Using salted butter will make the frosting salty even if we add extra sugar, which will not be pleasant in the mouth. Use only room-temperature butter, neither too cold nor too soft. 
  • Sweetened condensed milk: This will be the sweetener of the frosting. It will also add a caramelised flavour, so this will be a bit different, but in a good way. 
  • Vanilla Bean Paste and Salt– I have added these two ingredients as flavour enhancers for this recipe. You can always replace vanilla extract with any other oil-based essence of your choice. 

How To Make Russian Buttercream 

Russian Buttercream Recipe

Russian Buttercream Recipe

  • Preparation: Quickly gather the ingredients along with the equipment needed for the recipe. 
  • Beat Unsalted Butter: Take room temperature unsalted butter in a bowl and start beating it using a hand beater. Incorporating a lot of air while beating is very crucial. So continue besting until you get light and fluffy butter. This can take up to 5-7 minutes.
  • Add Condensed Milk: Once the butter has been beaten well enough, start adding the sweetened condensed milk gradually while continuously beating the butter. Ensure to incorporate the condensed milk completely.
  • Add Flavour: It’s time to add the vanilla bean paste and salt. They will help enhance the flavour of the buttercream.

Chef’s Tips For The Recipe

If The Buttercream Gets Separated

There can be times when the buttercream may look separated while mixing. Now, this could be either the butter was not at the right temperature, or you added condensed milk too fast. In case the buttercream gets curdled, simply take two-three spoons out and microwave it for 5 seconds. Add this heated cream back to the entire batch and mix again. The buttercream should get back to normalcy. 

How To Store Russian Buttercream 

You can store any leftover buttercream in an airtight box in the refrigerator. But before using it again, bring the cream to room temperature and then re-whip it. It will be better to use it within 3-5 days. 

More Easy Recipes

You must try out quick and easy-to-make dessert recipes. They are pretty simple and delicious:

No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

Choco-lava Cake

Oreo Waffles

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Russian Buttercream Recipe

Russian Buttercream: Silky, smooth and fluffy – all you need in a buttercream is here in this simple recipe. Pair it with cakes and cupcakes to make them extra delicious. 

  • Total Time: 15 to 20 minutes


  • 200g Unsalted Butter
  • 140g Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


  1. Take room temperature unsalted butter in a bowl and start beating it with an electric hand beater. Beat for at least 5-7 minutes or until it’s fluffy. (the colour of the butter will turn white)
  2. Now add condensed milk gradually while still beating the butter.
  3. The buttercream will become smooth and fluffy when both ingredients are mixed properly. 
  4. Lastly, add the remaining ingredients, vanilla bean paste and salt, then beat again for some time.
  • Author: Chef Mansi Jain
  • Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

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