Can you add any fruit puree to a buttercream? Will it not curdle or break it down, can you still use it to decorate with?
I was thinking along the lines of strawberry or rasberry..
Sorry if this seems like a silly question
I use the 1/2 butter 1/2 crisco recipe.
I added raspberry to buttercream the other day, but just to use as a filling. It was actually raspberry jam that I strained the seeds out of, and added a little chambord to sweeten it. I would have had to add more powdered sugar if I had wanted to decorate with it.
If it's just the color and flavor that you want to add, I have had good luck in the past adding McCormick liquid extracts to buttercream, and they make both a strawberry and a raspberry. They're both colored and will change the color of the frosting, but that way it would stay smooth and you wouldn't have to worry about little seeds or possibly bits of fruit clogging up your decorating tips.
I make fruit buttercream all the time - some blend better than others, and I find it doesn't necessarily "re-beat" well - you should use it when you first make it.
I've tried it in both a Swiss Meringue buttercream as well as an American buttercream (I only use butter-no crisco), and found that the American holds up a little better, but both work well.
It's a little extra work, but nothing tastes better than real fruit, IMHO. I make a mango buttercream on a coconut cake that is to die for.
I work in a restaurant and we always have a variety of frozen fruit puree that has just fruit and sugar in it, so I buy that to make my fruit buttercreams with. Yes, I'm spoiled rotten. If you know someone in the restaurant industry who can order stuff from Sysco for you, that might be a way to go. It also makes great sorbet base (which is what we use them for at the restaurant).
If I had to make my own, I'd cook down either fresh or frozen fruit with a little sugar, then puree and strain it. Think "baby food consistency".
Just remember it will need to be refrigerated.
I also make the buttercream recipe with simple syrup and lots of butter and have added a cooked and cooled rasberry puree...it is wonderful.....I would love to have the mango buttercream recipe posted above if you would like to share it with us...please?
I just do a simple American buttercream base - 1 lb butter to 2 lbs sugar beaten well (about 6-7 minutes in a kitchen aid), then toss in 3 T boiling water and beat in. Add about 1 cup of mango (or other fruit) puree, and there you go. If it's a little too soft, add some more 10x.
Bobby Flay did a caramelized mango buttercream on gingerbread cupcakes on a Throwdown episode -that recipe is probably floating around the web somewhere.
I tried my mango buttercream on my gingerbread cupcakes - it was a really awesome combination, but not for folks who are averse to trying something totally different.
you are the best...thanks for sharing with us.
thank you this helps I have some kiwis I want to use my BF loves kiwi update to come!
Kiwis have a very mild flavor so you will definitely want to make a lot of puree and cook it down to concentrate the flavor.
lemon and lime curds blend very nicely into buttercream as well.
So I made the butter cream, but I think thats what I needed to cook it down also the buttercream curdled? it doesn't hold up?