I have used this icing recipe and really like it for the texture and ease of decorating, but it is really sweet. Does anyone have a suggestion for a recipe that would not be as sweet?
as with other too sweet buttercreams, i add a little salt to cut the sweetness..works great!
Others have suggested using some cornstarch in place of some of your sugar. I've made Julie's Less Sweet Buttercream using the Sugarshack techniques (it incorporates flour into the icing). You can use all shortening instead of shortening/butter and it really is less sweet. I usually dissolve the salt in my warm liquid (Sugarshack's method). Truely, you can apply the sugarshack method to any powdered sugar based buttercream recipe and likely get very similar results.
When you get to the end of the recipe and you are mixing it, just mix it a little longer. It adds volume, making it less dense and less sweet, and because the bc is above the paddle you won't get air bubbles.
When i do the recipe i add my salt and flavor to my water while its hot.
Thanks for the tips!! I'll definitely try the salt!