Ok here goes. My husband and his family swear by cakes made by an older lady named Melba in our hometown. I make a pretty mean buttercream, but to no avail, I always get the same response. "Its good, but its no Melba cake." Melba has alluded to my husbands mother that the secret ingredient in her icing has something to do with an ingredient used in oreo filling. Anyone have any ideas what that magic ingredient could be?
My guess is that she uses a shortening only recipe. Oreos have "HIGH OLEIC CANOLA OIL " which is a shortening. Oreos have no buttery taste, so maybe that's it... ( I love buttery buttercream though!)
Um, I just read that Oreos used to have lard in them, I hope that's not the secret ingred.
I know that the icing Melba makes is shortening based and probably doesn't have any butter in it. I just can't place my finger on what she uses. Also, the icing is a really bright white and I don't think she uses that white coloring. I don't think the secret ingredient is lard though.
Since I think Oreos are the most disgusting piece of food on God's Green Earth, I say just mix p.sugar and water together and go with that. That should be disgusting enough for them to like it!
Some people's pallets are so brainwashed by eating crappy stuff their whole life, they couldn't recognize good icing if you threw it in their face like a vaudeville pie thrower.
There's a product called Sweetex. It's a High ratio shortening used specifically for pastry products. We use it for our butter cream as well as a number of other products. If you add vanilla extract you can get a close tasting "oreo" filling.
I had to make an icing for a boy with a milk allergy and so I just used sweetex, powdered sugar, and water. (I don't think I added any vanilla, but I may have-no vanilla would make sense when we're talking pure white icing) when I tasted it I was surprised to notice how much it tasted like oreo cream filling. so Debbie was close. She just forgot the shortening.
Hi there...... why dont you ask her what she uses? Maybe she will be thrilled you like her cake so much. Just a thought. I do hope you get the taste you're looking for.
Someone posted a cookbook that contained a lot of substitutes for famous recipes. Here is the recipe for Oreo cookies. Check out the recipe for the creme filling below.
1 (18.25 oz) box Dark Fudge Cake Mix
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons shortening
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup shortening (no substitution)
3 tablespoons hot water
Preheat oven to 325F. Blend all ingredients; then knead with your
hands until it is pliable like dough. Form dough into 3/4 inch balls
and press flat, 1/2 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. Bottom of
a glass works nice for this. Bake 4 to 6 minutes or until cookies are
crunchy. I should think you could refrigerate the dough in cylinder
shaped rolls for a couple of hours and slice 1/8 inch thick, as well.
Let cookies cool on sheets.
Combine filling ingredients and mix well. Form into balls about 1/2 to
3/4 inch in diameter, again using your hands. Sandwich one
filling in the center of two cookies and carefully press down until
the filling spreads almost to the edge.
Makes 2 dozen cookies (4 dozen wafers)