You did not read that wrong at all! There is such a thing as gluten-free buttercream icing, and it is here to stay in all its delicious goodness. Buttercream icing is such a delight to have that it is downright unfair not to have a gluten-free version.
September 13, 2019, just happens to be Celiac Disease Awareness Day, and in preparation for that, we are providing you with this amazingly delicious, creamy, buttercream icing that is absolutely gluten-free!
What’s the Secret?
The first thing that we should note about this gluten-free icing is that what makes it gluten-free is simply ensuring that the ingredients you are using are all gluten-free. This includes meringue powder and powdered sugar.
Meringue powder is usually added to make the icing fluffy; however, you can choose to ignore this.
Another thing that you want to note is that this recipe can be tweaked however you like to suit your tastes and substitutions for ingredients can be made – just remember to keep it all gluten-free.
The preparation time for this recipe is about 10 minutes, and the measurements make about a total of 8 servings.
Gluten-Free Buttercream Icing Recipe
- 1 cup of butter
- 3-1/2 cups of gluten-free powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp of gluten-free meringue powder
- 1/8 tsp of salt
- 2 tsp of sugar
- 4-6 tbsp of light cream
Beat the butter in a large bowl until it becomes creamy. When you have achieved this creaminess, pour in 2 cups of the sugar gradually and continue beating. Add the meringue powder and keep beating your mixture until it is fluffy.
At this point, you can now add the salt and vanilla and beat it properly.
After this, you can now add the rest of the powdered sugar and the cream alternately until you get the desired consistency that you want for you want.
Finally, you can now beat the frosting at a high speed until it is suitably light and fluffy enough.
What About the Frosting?
This is a basic, simple royal icing recipe that can easily be substituted for chocolate frosting. To do this, you would need to simply add 1/3 cups of cocoa powder that has been sifted.
You can also increase the quantity of light cream to give it a creamier consistency. Also, you can decide to substitute the vanilla for mint extract in place of a mint frosting and also about 2-3 drops of green food coloring, gluten-free, of course.
Lastly, you can decide to substitute the cream for orange juice and add some grated orange peels to this recipe.
Well, there you have it, your easy-to-make, 10-minute gluten-free buttercream icing. This recipe would give you enough icing for a 9-inch layer cake or alternatively, for 24 cupcakes.
As we prepare for the coming Celiac Disease Awareness Day this September, it would be a great effort to try out this gluten-free buttercream icing recipe and its variants in order to enjoy the pleasantness of the day.