Is there anything I can add to a buttercream recipe to make it not so sweet? I've tried several recipes even one that used cake mix and powdered coffee creamer but they are all sickly sweet tasting to me. I do like chocolate buttercream which I make just by adding that bitter hershey's powder to the recipe plus more water if I need to thin it. Is there anything like that to add for vanilla frosting? TIA
You can try to add a LITTLE bit of salt and it seems to cut down on the sweetness of the icing. I don't know how much, it depends on your recipe. HTH
popcorn salt works really well since it has such a fine grain. HTH
Thanks. All the recipes I've used do call for salt, should I use extra? I was wondering if there was anything bitter like the unsweetened cocoa. It would be fine if it were a different flavor than vanilla. But all I could think of that would be bitter and not gross was chocolate and coffee. I was hoping for something that wouldn't impart a ton of color.
Try a swiss meringue buttercream - they're a little more work but far less sweet than a standard american buttercream.
Thanks. I'll give it a try.
ShirleyW's IMBC is very popular:
Here are three CC SMBC recipes:
Two popular Crisco based b/c recipes:
Here's a dumb question...does this kind of buttercream crust?