Hello friends, today we are going to make these beautiful whimsical macarons, they are airbrushed and decorated with sprinkles! They are filled with a white chocolate buttercream! This white chocolate macaron filling is so delicious and easy to make!
Also check out the video on YouTube or on this page to see how I made these macarons.
I decorated the macarons by airbrushing their surface, after the macarons had baked and cooled down completely.
This is the airbrush I am currently using, and I like it a lot. It’s wireless, so it’s very practical and easy to use.
When you are airbrushing shells, make sure to not soak them with food coloring, lightly brush them in the lowest possible setting of your airbrushing pen, very quickly.
You don’t want to make the shells soaking wet with the spray.
After the spray has cooled down, you can drizzle melted white chocolate over the macarons. I colored the white chocolate using Colour Mill Oil-Based Food Coloring. When coloring chocolate make sure to use oil based food coloring, which is NOT what you want to use for macarons, for macarons you want to use gel based food coloring. Read all about macarons and food coloring here.
Now about the delicious filling. This white chocolate macaron filling is super easy to make. By adding melted white chocolate to a simple American buttercream, you can totally elevate not only the texture but also the taste of the frosting.
To make the macarons even cuter, I decided to make the frosting into two different colors, and pipe them in the macarons.
That technique is super easy to do also and I explain it in detail below and also show it on the video.
When you make the frosting, split it between two different bowls, then add food coloring to each bowl. To one bowl I added sky blue and to the other I added periwinkle, both colors by Americolor.
Then lay out a piece of plastic on top of the counter and spread both frostings, one next to the other.
Next, as the pictures suggest below, roll the plastic into a log, and insert it into a piping bag fitted with the tip of choice. I used an Ateco 869.
And then you are ready to start piping on the macarons.
If you are looking for more tips on how to make macarons, you should check out Macaron School, a place where I share everything about macarons, troubleshooting guides, beginner’s guides, tips and tricks, frequently asked questions, and much more.
Also check out this page with over 100 macaron recipes, fillings, different decoration ideas.
If you like this white chocolate macaron filling, here are some more macarons filled with white chocolate you might like.
- White Chocolate Macadamia Macarons
- Raspberry White Chocolate Macarons
- Caramelized White Chocolate Macarons
- Gold Macarons
- Lavender Macarons
- Passionfruit Macarons
- Watermelon Macarons
- Oreo Macarons
- Champagne Macarons
- Amarula Macarons
To read my whole Swiss Meringue Macaron Recipe guide, click here. On that post I give detailed instructions, very precious tips on how to make macarons, and the very basics of making macarons using the Swiss method.
The Swiss method is by far my favorite, and a method that works for a lot of people, specially beginners or those who are in humid climates. It is a wonderful and reliable method that can really help you improve your macaron game in case you haven’t tried it yet.
I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe. If you make this recipe please leave a comment below or tag me on instagram, I love hearing from you!
White Chocolate Macaron Filling
- 100 grams white granulated sugar
- 4 grams egg white powder optional read notes below
- 100 grams egg whites
- 105 grams almond flour
- 105 grams powdered sugar
- Food coloring if desired I used robin’s egg and periwinkle
White Chocolate Buttercream
- 140 grams white chocolate 1 cups
- 113 grams unsalted butter softened (1 stick)
- 187 to 250 grams powdered sugar 1.5 to 2 cups
- 2 tbsp milk or water only if necessary to thin out the buttercream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Food coloring sky blue and periwinkle
- Airbrush food coloring periwinkle and blue sheen from americolor
Prep the ingredients and tools
- Before you start, get all of the ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip, I use a 1/4” diameter tip, or a Wilton 12. Set aside.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
- I use a baking mat with the macaron template already in it.
- Wipe the tools such as bowls, spatulas, and silicone mats with vinegar if desired, this helps getting rid of any grease particles that might be in the tools.
- Measure out all of the ingredients.
- Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together. Set it aside.
- Start pre-heating the oven. I pre-heat my large oven to 310ºF for 60 to 90 minutes, this helps with temperature fluctuations. I pre-heat the countertop oven for 30 to 45 minutes.
Making the Swiss Meringue
- Place a bowl over a pan with barely simmering water. Add the sugar and egg white powder to the bowl if using. If you’re not using egg white powder simply skip it, nothing needs to be changed in the recipe.
- Whisk the sugar and egg white powder so it doesn’t clump up.
- Add the egg whites to the bowl and whisk until the sugar is completely melted. It will take a couple of minutes. You can test by touching the mixture between your fingers, and if you feel any sugar granules just keep whisking the mixture over the water bath.
- Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water because you don’t want the whites to cook.
- Also, don’t overheat the sugar syrup, you are just looking to melt the sugar, no need to bring it to a certain temperature.Transfer the syrup to the bowl of a stand mixer. Before transferring the syrup, you might consider whipping the bottom of the bowl with a towel so the water doesn’t fall into the mixer bowl.
- With the whisk attachment, start whisking mixture on low (speed 2 of the KitchenAid) for about 30 seconds, then gradually start increasing speed to medium. Whisk on medium (speed 4) for one to two minutes, until the mixture is white and starting to become fluffy. Raise the speed to medium or medium-high and whip for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed. I like to finish whipping the meringue on speed 6 of the KitchenAid.
- It takes me about 13 to 15 minutes to whip the meringue, but you shouldn’t go by time, go by what the meringue is supposed to look like because a lot of things can affect whipping time, such as the quality of the eggs, the weather, how powerful your mixer is, and more.
- Once the meringue gets glossy and you start seeing streaks formed by the whisk, and the meringue raising in the center of the whisk, it might be time to stop.
- You don’t want to over whip the meringue at this point because that can cause several issues, mainly hollow macarons.
- Whisk until stiff peaks have formed. When you pull the whip up, the peak should be stiff and shooting straight up, with possibly a slight bend at the top, but not bending to the side.
- Also when you swirl the whisk around in the bowl to collect the meringue, you should feel some resistance from the meringue. And when you look on the bottom of the whisk the meringue collected should be forming soft but defined waves.
- Pour the sifted powdered sugar and almond flour into the stiff meringue.
- Since we are making two different color shells from the same batch, let’s stir the batter just until the dry ingredients are incorporated with the meringue. As soon as you see no more streaks of dry ingredients, stop stirring.
- Let’s divide the batter between two different bowls now. Work with one bowl at a time and keep the remaining one covered meanwhile.
- To the first batter I added a bit of robins egg by americolor, the color didn’t come through so well and I had to stop adding food coloring and folding the batter or it was going to end up over mixed.
- But that’s ok because I will air brush the macarons later anyway.
- Stop folding the batter when it’s flowing off the spatula slowly and effortlessly. You should be able to pick up some batter with the spatula and draw several figure 8s with the batter that’s flowing off the spatula without having it break up, and even after the batter breaks up, it should still continue to flow slowly off the spatula.
- The batter that’s falling back into the bowl should take 10 to 15 seconds to incorporate with the batter that’s already in the bowl.
- There’s another test you can do. I call it the Teaspoon test. Grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto the parchment paper or silicon mat. Wait a minute to see how it behaves.
- If the batter stays stiff, forming a point and doesn’t spread out, fold a little bit more, about 3 folds.
- Test again.
- Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy and smooth on top, on the parchment paper or silicone mat, it’s ready.
- You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to over mix. It’s always best to under mix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
- When you hold the spatula with batter on top of the bowl and the batter falls off the spatula slowly but effortlessly the batter is ready. The batter will keep flowing off the spatula non-stop, but not too quickly.
- Transfer the batter to the piping bag. I also like to seal the top with a bag tie, so the batter doesn’t dry out and it gives you more control while piping because there’s no risk of the batter escaping through the top of the piping bag.
- Now let’s work with the second batter. I added periwinkle to this batter. Look at that beautiful color. Fold until the perfect consistency is achieved as I’ve explained before. The batter should be flowing slowly and effortlessly off the spatula. Transfer it to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
- Place the piping bag directly 90 degrees over the center of each macaron template. Apply gentle pressure and carefully pipe for about 3 to 5 seconds, and then quickly pull the bag up twisting slightly at the top.
- Once you’ve piped as many circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter or against the palm of your hand a few times each.
- Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles on the surface of the shells.
Resting or not resting the shells
- Let the trays sit for a while so the shells will dry out before baking, if you are resting the macarons. I usually leave about 20-40 minutes, depending on how humid the day is. You’ll know they’re ready when you gently touch the surface of a macaron and it seems dry.
- To do the no-rest method, you can bake the trays immediately.
- The no-rest method will depend on your oven and baking sheets you are using.
- I can do the no-rest method on my small counter top oven, but not on my large oven, because the temperature is too uneven on the large oven.
- On my large oven I bake the macarons at 310ºF, and on the small countertop oven I bake them at 290ºF. I pre-heat both ovens for quite a bit of time. I pre-heat the large oven for 60 to 90 minutes, and the small oven for 30 minutes or so.
- Bake one tray at a time.
- Bake for 5 minutes, rotate the tray. This step is not necessary, I don’t rotate the trays on the small oven, but I have to do so on my large oven, otherwise the macarons will be lopsided. Not all bakers have to rotate the tray.
- I bake each tray for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- When baked, the macarons will have a deeper color and formed feet. If you try to move a macaron, it shouldn’t feel jiggly. If the macaron is still jiggly, keep baking. Also try to touch the top of a macaron and it shouldn’t feel soft, if it’s still soft, keep baking.
- Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
- Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the decorating and filling.
To decorate the macarons
- I airbrushed my macarons with the periwinkle airbrush food coloring, and also a couple of them with blue sheen from americolor.
- I drizzled some white chocolate over the macarons. I colored the melted white chocolate with some color mill candy food coloring and drizzled over the macarons. And then put some sprinkles on top.
- Now let’s make the white chocolate buttercream for the filling.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave, microwave it for 15 second intervals stirring in between.
- Let the white chocolate cool down for about 15 minutes, until it’s not warm anymore.
- Beat the butter with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes until creamy and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and the melted white chocolate to the bowl.
- Mix to combine
- If the mixture is too dry add some milk to help it come together.
- Add more milk as needed. And if the buttercream is too soft you can add a little bit more powdered sugar to make it stiffer.
- Now add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.
- We are making a bicolor buttercream, so split the buttercream between two different bowls.
- To one of the bowls I added sky blue food coloring, and periwinkle to the other.
- Mix to combine each color.
- Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Spread the perinwinkle and the blue frosting next to each other. And then roll the frosting into a log.
- Place the log of frosting inside a piping bag lined with the tip of choice. I am using an Ateco 869.
- Pipe the frosting on the bottom shells of the macarons and place a decorated shell on top.
- I store the macarons in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, and in the freezer for 1 to 2 months.