Heritage Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American


This Heritage Frosting recipe is creamy and not overly sweet. It starts with a cooked flour and milk mixture giving it a unique flavor and texture. Such a great alternative to traditional buttercream!



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a small saucepan whisk the milk, flour and salt together constantly on medium-low heat until the mixture thickens. You will want it to be the consistently of a very thick gravy.
  2. Remove the pan from heat and allow to cool completely, stirring occasionally.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer beat the butter and sugar for 1 minute, or until creamy. Add in the cooled flour mixture and vanilla. Mix on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Frosting will become thick and smooth.
  4. Use immediately.


I have never had luck refrigerating this frosting for later use. It tends to separate and get runny when re-whipping. I recommend using immediately.

If you prefer to make this the traditional way, sub out the powdered sugar for 1 cup of granulated sugar. Follow all the instructions the same way.

Nutrition Information:

1 Scoop
25.9 g
349.1 mg
8.7 g
28.1 g
2.6 g
3.1 mg

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