Buttercream That Isn't Too Sweet?

Baking By trulyjulie Updated 19 Apr 2008 , 3:00pm by trulyjulie

trulyjulie Posted 15 Apr 2008 , 3:17pm
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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

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busymom9431 Posted 15 Apr 2008 , 3:36pm
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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

likitiki Posted 15 Apr 2008 , 3:46pm
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popcorn salt works really well since it has such a fine grain. HTH

trulyjulie Posted 16 Apr 2008 , 1:05pm
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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.

HerBoudoir Posted 16 Apr 2008 , 9:29pm
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Try a swiss meringue buttercream - they're a little more work but far less sweet than a standard american buttercream.

trulyjulie Posted 18 Apr 2008 , 2:52am
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Thanks. I'll give it a try.

trulyjulie Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 3:00pm
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Thanks JanH,
Here's a dumb question...does this kind of buttercream crust?

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