Trying First Ever All Butter Buttercream

Baking By lovinkakes Updated 4 Jun 2008 , 4:30am by Katie-Bug

lovinkakes Posted 23 May 2008 , 6:02pm
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Yes, with everything I'm seeing about partially hydrogenated (oils) I am trying an all butter recipe. Usually I use spectrum shortening anyway, and tried earth balance shortening sticks last night. But my sister has started decorating and has two kids and I don't want them eating that stuff!

'Am heading to the gym and will try it when I get back. Any comments welcome (suggestions, etc).

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sharon57 Posted 23 May 2008 , 6:58pm
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I do it all the time, it tastes good.

Blazer Posted 23 May 2008 , 7:04pm
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let me know what recipe that you tried and how it turns out OK

BakingGirl Posted 23 May 2008 , 7:05pm
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I have Crisco phobia and never touch the stuff, so it is all butter for me all the time. My personal favourite is Shirley's IMBC.

tigergirl70 Posted 23 May 2008 , 7:12pm
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I also always use butter and get great reviews!

dbmiller02 Posted 23 May 2008 , 7:15pm
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Just curious for those of you that use all butter, how are you able to get a white buttercream? Are there any tricks? I use the 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup crisco recipe right now. I would like to switch to all butter but I want to have a white buttercream. Is this possible?


ziggytarheel Posted 23 May 2008 , 7:29pm
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I've posted this a lot, but it is important, so here goes again!

If you mix your buttercream long enough, it will turn practically white.

If you have a KA, let it go six minutes or so.


tiggy2 Posted 23 May 2008 , 7:39pm
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You can also add just a very teeny tiny touch of violet to your all butter BC to help turn it white. Just be very carefull and don't add too much. Just a very small amount on the end of a tooth pick.

lovinkakes Posted 23 May 2008 , 7:43pm
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ziggytarheel. do you have problems with lots of bubbles. I guess not. Is that because it's butter.

Here're my results. Seems fine

lutie Posted 23 May 2008 , 7:45pm
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Butter is the best in the taste (salt free) and yet, I find my cakes always look 100% better and taste supreme when I add a little Crisco.

Here are some "scientific truths regarding butter cream icing"... after all, baking is a science.....

Shortening containing mono and diglycerides will aerate better than butter.

If the icing crusts on your frosted cake, and cracks when you are trying to move it, try adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of shortening the next time you make it because it is what makes the icing smoother.

1 cup shortening to 1 pound powdered sugar is a nice ratio for a creamy icing.

An all butter icing will not hold up as well as one which has some vegetable shortening in it... I use 3 parts butter to 1 part shortening. Taste is fantastic and even I forget there is shortening in it when I taste it! Of course, I use Creme Bouquet as my flavoring!

fondantgrl Posted 23 May 2008 , 7:55pm
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I love 100% butter , Buttercream... it is never gritty...

Taste is wonderful.. icon_smile.gif

BellaBabyCakes Posted 24 May 2008 , 3:55pm
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Has anyone tried a European butter for their all butter cream? I have some in my fridge (got it free) and it's 84% butterfat, supposedly better for baking. But since it's a cultured product, I don't know if it would affect the end taste...

flayvurdfun Posted 25 May 2008 , 9:30pm
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I can't imagine an all butter buttercream... I would love it, but my hands are so hot.... the crisco at least helps it stay a little stiffer....

MaisieBake Posted 26 May 2008 , 1:13am
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I can't imagine an all butter buttercream... I would love it, but my hands are so hot.

After you color your icing, divide it in half and bag the halves in separate bags. Pipe with half while the other half sits in the fridge. Whenever the bag you're using gets too warm switch it with the bag that's in the fridge. Also if you use disposables, put the disposable into a canvas bag to insulate the icing somewhat from your hands.

Mike1394 Posted 26 May 2008 , 10:42am
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IMBC cold tastes like ice cream. Yummy stuff. To me SMBC is easier to work with, but it is buttery. Does anyone use "French" Buttercream. French is the one with the yolks instead of the whites.

Yes, if you whip butter long enough it will whiten out.


Katie-Bug Posted 4 Jun 2008 , 4:30am
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I do a all butter- buttercream and most customers that taste it say it reminds them of ice cream!
I really enjoy the taste and texture, it light and creamy.
Yum!! icon_smile.gif

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