Jmtreu98 Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 3:43pm
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Just wondering if anyone has purchased the buttercream from Sam's club. If so, please let me know your opinion of taste and consistency.

I must say it is reasonably priced! 28lbs of vanilla icing for $25. That is not bad...The colored icing comes in 8lb buckets for $10.

Thanks!

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DoniB Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 3:52pm
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Greetings!

There was a thread on this just yesterday, but I use the SC BC all the time, and it rocks. You can add flavorings if you want, and the texture is just like buttercream. Someone mentioned that Thanh Thanh uses it for her cakes, and I use it for most of mine, unless I need something very specific.

I do thicken it just a bit with powdered sugar if I'm going to be making roses or other flowers that need to be done on a nail and transferred, or for drop flowers. It's a wee bit thin for those.

All in all, though, it's a great value for your money, and you won't believe the convenience of it. Get a tub, if you can, and try it, and see what you think. Some folks won't do anything but home-made, but at this time of year, when just about every week holds a family or friends' birthday, I dont' have the time or the money to make my own every single time, so it's a life-saver for me. icon_smile.gif

PS Peppermint is a really neat flavoring to use! icon_smile.gif

edited to add:
Here's the thread from yesterday, talking about Sam's Club Buttercream. icon_smile.gif Enjoy!
http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=532113&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=0

Sunflower08 Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 3:55pm
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does this buttercream crust?? and also is it good to use for basketweave?

Thanks!! icon_biggrin.gif

Jmtreu98 Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 3:56pm
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[quote="DoniB"]Greetings!

There was a thread on this just yesterday, but I use the SC BC all the time, and it rocks. You can add flavorings if you want, and the texture is just like buttercream. Someone mentioned that Thanh Thanh uses it for her cakes, and I use it for most of mine, unless I need something very specific.

I do thicken it just a bit with powdered sugar if I'm going to be making roses or other flowers that need to be done on a nail and transferred, or for drop flowers. It's a wee bit thin for those.

Thanks DoniB...I am headed to Sam's right now. I can't wait to try it!

Happy Early Birthday by the way!

Regards,

Jeanene

mareg Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 4:01pm
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I just bought my first tub last week for the wedding cake I did. I love it. I was worried that I was using something new to me for the first time on a wedding cake, but the cake was a gift for a good friend and it turned out beautiful. It crusts good, and it fairly free of bubbles once you beat it and stir. I put in creme bouquet and my family went nuts over it. Went well at reception too!

Hope this helps. I don't know that I'll be making my own any time soon. It saved me so much time!!!

PS: I too add powdered sugar for flowers, borders and dams to get the thickness I want. I added water for my crumb coat.

DoniB Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 4:38pm
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it actually does a beautiful basketweave, though if you like your icing thicker for that, you should thicken it just a bit. I do it straight from the tub, and it does fine for me.

Also, just as a tip, I've found that the Pampered Chef large Scraper is wonderful both for stirring the icing in the tub, and for getting out large amounts at a time for filling icing bags. I do recommend stirring, at least, though, because it does have air bubbles that can get very frustrating. But a few quick stirs to make it nice and smooth, and you're good to go. icon_smile.gif

You'll have to tell us what you think of it when you get a chance to play! icon_smile.gif

Jmtreu98 Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 6:43pm
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Hi DoniB -

I just got back from Sam's. I am getting ready to try it.

One question I forgot to ask them, but I am sure you know. icon_biggrin.gif How do you store the unused portion. Do you refrigerate or do you leave in the original bucket and just leave at room temperature?

I see that the bucket I purchased has a long shelf life...It is good through February of 2008.

Thanks again,

Jeanene

DoniB Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 6:54pm
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I personally leave it in the tub at room temperature. Having said that, I know that a lot of people portion it off and freeze it, and my hubby keeps the house colder than a tomb. But I have yet to have anyone get ill off of my icing, so I'm guessing it's okay. icon_smile.gif

2kiddos Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 7:00pm
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Sam's Icing is awesome. I've been using it now for the past 8 months. It crusts great, and for most aspects, its the perfect consistency. I keep mine stored room temperature.
I was making mine from scratch all the time, but got too busy. Now this is all I use.
And.. for the cost, you really cant beat it!!!

Jmtreu98 Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 7:09pm

Well, all I have to say is this stuff rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have never, never, been able to get smooth results, UNTIL NOW! Wooo Hooo!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

I flavored it with almond and raspberry....OMG, it is good.

Thank you all so much for your input.

I hated making buttercream because I could never get the right consistency, let alone get a smooth cake. I will never make it again!

Thanks again everyone for your feedback!!!! thumbs_up.gif

DoniB Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 7:54pm

*grin* Did you try it with the Melvira Method of smoothing??? Doesn't that just ROCK!?!?!?!? It looks so smooth and elegant... I'm with you! Never going back to homemade unless I absolutely have to. icon_smile.gif

After all, I'm really a decorator, not an icing maker. Isn't that sad??? The baking and icing-making are necessities for the final product, but the decorating is what I love. icon_smile.gif

Have fun with your icing!!!!

Jmtreu98 Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 8:20pm

I would get so frustrated with the icing porition that by the time I got to the decoration portion I just wanted to finish and not look at it again.

I actually enjoyed icing the cake.....I wish I could get my picture to upload!!!

I'm with you DoniB....I like decorating, not making icing...and now I don't have too! icon_lol.gif

Happy Dance!!!!!

AJsGirl Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 8:57pm

I have been making my own BC for a couple of years now, and everyone loves the taste, people request my cakes a lot because of it. Recently, though, someone told me that my BC tastes exactly like Sam's Club. I bought a small cake from them just to compare, and it DOES taste almost exactly like it!! icon_cry.gif I'm so upset, she has told people in my circle, and they have accused me of lying about making my own icing! I don't know if it's a compliment, or I should be offended. icon_mad.gif

Jmtreu98 Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 9:29pm

AJsGirl - Don't sweat it! Take it as a compliment.

You know the truth...That is all that matters! icon_lol.gif

mommarivera Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 9:36pm

This may sound stupid but do you buy it from the bakery dept? I mean just ask them?? I would love to be able to buy it instead of making it! Thanks

roxxxy_luvs_duff Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 9:53pm

I love sams BC and im on my 5th bucket of white and my 1st bucket of chocolate. its such a time saver especially when i have 2-3 cakes due for the same day.

mommarivera- all you have to do is ask someone in the bakery for it and they will grab you a bucket. the sell boxes and other stuff too

Woole2 Posted 27 Sep 2007 , 10:25pm

So since Sams Club is affiliated with Wal- Mart do you think its the same icing and also be able to purchase it?

mommarivera Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 12:04am

roxxxy_luvs_duff ~~Thanks I will do that the next time I go!!![/u]

DoniB Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 12:57am
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Originally Posted by Woole2

So since Sams Club is affiliated with Wal- Mart do you think its the same icing and also be able to purchase it?




I honestly don't know. icon_razz.gif Let us know if you find out, would you???

I know that Bi-Lo (here in the south, not sure where else they have 'em) sells their tubs of icing, but they need advance notice and it's almost $40/tub. AND it's not as good, IMHO. For me, it's better to make the drive north or south to Sam's Club and get theirs, than to stick close to home where it's more expensive and not as good. icon_razz.gif (Our Walmart doesn't have a bakery.)

Jmtreu98 Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 1:02am

To mommarivera

I understand that some Sam's Clubs have the icing sitting out in the bakery department. The one I went to did not. I asked. I could not believe all they had. A rainbow of colors in the smaller containers!

This icing is great! Especially if you hate making it like me!

madgeowens Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 4:11am

Now I am curious. I know the super walmart cakes are gross around here. I will have to get a small cake at sc to see. My kids won't eat cake from anywhere but my kitchen hahaha. They are not as pretty as all of yours but they sure taste yummy. icon_rolleyes.gif

erinalicia Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 4:27am

Walmart doesn't sell their icing. I've been reading all the posts recently about Sam's icing and someone else went to Walmart to ask them if she could buy some and they looked at her like she was crazy.

My husband and I have been discussing getting a membership again just to buy diapers, but now I'm going to have to try their icing too...

I hate making icing. The last batch that I made and colored ended up separating and looked terrible. We'll have to try it soon as I'm planning to make a cake for my Grandmother's birthday on Halloween and I'm hoping to have a surprise 50th Birthday party for my mom in Dec.

KittyPTerror Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 5:25am

I'm intrigued...But I already have a costco membership...Does anyone know if I can buy bc at costco in the bakery, too? If so, is it about the same price?

How long are you able to keep the bc? Someone said the expiration date wasn't for quite a long time, but does it stay fresh after being opened for long?

feverfixer Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 5:51am

OK, I must be the only one who doesn't like the taste. I bought a big tub of it and I totally agree it is great to work with. It smooths really easily and pipes beautifully but...it still tastes like a Walmart cake. Sorry to put this in but I ended up throwing over 1/2 tub out as I just didn't like the taste. I guess I should have flavored it more, but I just used it as vanilla under fondant.
I usually use Tami's buttercream which is full of butter and whipping cream and is sooo yummy I could eat it by the spoonful.
Having said all that I agree it is very convenient and nice to work with. If it tasted better I would buy it all the time.
Diane

Cassie6140 Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 7:58pm

Does anyone know if BJs also has a premade icing? And, if so, is it as good as this one from Sam's seems to be. TIA, Cassie

DanaHuls Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 8:21pm

I happen to work at my local Wal Mart in the bakery as a cake decorator. Sam's Club icing is exactly the same as the icing used at Wal Mart. Someone else asked about Wal Mart selling their icing and the answer is no, the only reason I've been given is that we don't have a PLU# for it. Not sure what PLU stands for, but it's the label and barcode printed off to be scanned at the registers. We're not able to do anything like that that's not approved through home office. One thing that people might want to try is to call 1-800-WAL-Mart and request it to be sold. Not sure if it would help or not since it will probably cut down on the sales in the bakery, but it's worth a try to make it more convenient.

wgoat5 Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 9:40pm

I bought some for the "emergency last minute" cakes. I do not like it myself, because I love the bc I make. HOWEVER....I didn't flavor it and I didn't quite like the feel in my mouth, I guess because I am used to mine. If you flavor it does it taste a whole lot better? And does the chocolate bc taste good? what colors can you buy ?

wgoat5 Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 9:44pm

Oh forgot to add....if you buy it try and get them to open it for you..just loosen because you need a special tool to do that and I have NO clue where to get them icon_sad.gif

The lady in the bakery dept. said that was a big no no but she did it and was very kind to me.

Walmart, where I live has been quite nasty when asked about their icing. I asked the lady once if she was having a bad day LOL. She looked at me and said "NOOOO WHY /?????????" I said because you ARENT being very kind to your customers. I just asked a question and you don't have to be rude. She walked away mumbling something....but I can recall thinking I heard her call me a rather disgusting name icon_sad.gif . I hope this isn't everywhere icon_sad.gif

DoniB Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 9:48pm
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Originally Posted by wgoat5

Oh forgot to add....if you buy it try and get them to open it for you..just loosen because you need a special tool to do that and I have NO clue where to get them icon_sad.gif




You can get them at restaurant supply stores, and they're about $13, which is worth it if you're going to be using a lot of it. However, I've found that if you just zip the little strip around the bottom off, then carefully pry the tabs up, you can open it on your own. It took me a bit the first time, but once I got the hang of it, I can now open them fairly quickly, without breaking too many nails. icon_razz.gif I even keep a mallet on top of my tub, for pounding it shut again.

If you have delicate nails, though, or poor hand strength, I'd definitely say get the special tool. Heck, if you know someone who owns a restaurant, or is manager of one, you can probably get them to order one for you, and they might be able to get it cheaper.

DanaHuls Posted 28 Sep 2007 , 10:37pm

I would definitely have to say that the rudeness you encountered at your Wal Mart is definitely not everywhere. I will have to admit that my store has one or two that I would have to say aren't "as friendly" as the others, but for the most part we're a friendly bunch, lol. I've had many customers comment on how nice and helpful we are, some have even written our manager and home office saying many nice things. So ladies, please don't let a few rude occurrences at one store influence your opinion for Wal Mart stores everywhere.

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