Fresh Strawberry Buttercream


  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 sticks butter, 3 cups
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2-2 c. pureed strawberries


Have all ingredients at room temperature. Whisk together in a large bowl. Set over a pan of simmering water, until sugar dissolves and mixture is at 160°. Remove. Beat with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Beat in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. If it begins to curdle, keep beating until smooth and very thick. Beat in vanilla and strawberries. Spread between layers of chocolate cake. Makes 6 cups.