jayne crayton
by nygirl
Photo Credit: leelabeanbakes.com

Even Better Cooked Flour Frosting


  • 3 T flour
  • 1/2 c 2% milk*
  • 1/2 c heavy cream*
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature**
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 t salt
  • add-in flavors (see below)
  • *(You may substitute almond milk, coconut milk, or substitute milk for the heavy cream. Any milk or combination of milks, adding up to 1 c would work, here)
  • **(If you substitute vegetable shortening for butter, the resulting frosting will hold up excellently in warmer weather, while still remaining light, creamy, and satiny. I have used a 50/50 butter to shortening ratio and ended up with frosting that easily held up in 90ºF east coast weather. It pipes amazingly!)
  • In a liquid measuring cup, combine the milk and cream. In a small saucepan, pour about 1/4 c of the milk/cream mixture along with the 3 T of flour.
  • IMG_0599 Initial Frosting Ingredients
  • Whisk them together and turn the heat on low, slowly starting to cook it. It will begin to thicken.
  • IMG_0600 Thickened Flour
  • As it starts to thicken, add the remaining milk/cream mixture as well as the granulated sugar and whisk vigorously to remove any lumps.
  • IMG_0602 Frosting Ingredients
  • Continue to whisk until the mixture begins to boil. Then cook for an additional minute, whisking as you cook. The slurry will thicken a bit.
  • IMG_0604 Slurry, cooking
  • To ensure a lump free frosting, or if you found that you couldn’t remove all the lumps from your slurry, run your slurry through a sieve.
  • Take the slurry off the heat and let sit until cool, covered in plastic wrap to prevent any skin from forming. This mixture will be opaque and gelatinous, but will still flow. You may refrigerate it to speed up the process.
  • IMG_0605 Slurry, Cooled
  • When the slurry in completely cooled, whip the butter on medium speed, until fluffy.
  • IMG_0621 Whipped Butter
  • Add the slurry and salt and continue to beat until combined. Add the vanilla, mix well, and your frosting will be done. Smooth, satiny, perfect… every time.
  • IMG_0625 Cooked Flour Frosting
  • Additional flavors (Add these flavorings as a final step, after adding the vanilla extract):
  • Chocolate Cooked Flour Frosting: Add 3 oz chocolate that has been melted and cooled for every 1 c of frosting. Blend well. (9 oz of chocolate per batch)
  • Cream Cheese Cooked Flour Frosting: Add 2 oz cream cheese for every 1 c of frosting and beat together. (6 oz cream cheese per batch)
  • IMG_0664 Cream Cheese Cooked Flour Frosting
  • Peanut Butter Cooked Flour Frosting: Add 2-3 T peanut butter for every 1 c of frosting. Blend well. (6-9 T per batch)
  • IMG_0747 Cross Section PB Cupcake
  • Nutella Cooked Flour Frosting: Add 2-3 T Nutella for every 1 c of frosting. Blend well. (6-9 T per batch)
  • IMG_0663 Nutella Cooked Flour Frosting
  • Berry Cooked Flour Frosting: Add 2-3 T berry jam for every 1 c of frosting. Blend well. (6-9 T per batch)
  • Rose-Cardamom Cooked Flour Frosting: Add 3/4 t ground cardamom and 1/2 t rose essence per batch. Blend well.
  • Vanilla Cinnamon Cooked Flour Frosting: Steep 1 cinnamon stick with milk/cream by bringing to a gentle simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool, remove cinnamon stick and use milk/cream as the recipe instructs. When blending the flour mixture with the butter, add 1 t vanilla extract and 1 t ground cinnamon. Blend well.
  • IMG_2221 Top View Cupcake
  • Vegan Cooked Flour Frosting: Replace milk and heavy cream in the recipe with an equal amount (1 cup) of any non-dairy milk. Increase the sugar to 1 1/2 cups. Replace the butter with vegetable shortening (like Crisco). Add flavorings as suggested above. You can increase the sweetness of this frosting by adding maple syrup one tablespoon at a time to the finished frosting and mixing well to incorporate. (shown below: Chocolate Vegan Cooked Flour Frosting)
  • IMG_3877 Vegan Cooked Flour Frosting
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cooked Flour Frosting: Substitute light or dark brown sugar for the granulated sugar in the recipe. Proceed with recipe as usual and fold in 1 c mini chocolate chips after butter has been incorporated into the frosting.