Not So Sweet Buttercream Or Other Icing Recipes ?

Decorating By AnitaK Updated 9 Feb 2009 , 2:14am by prterrell

AnitaK Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 8:16pm
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Does anyone have a recipe for a decorating icing that is not as sweet as Wilton Buttercream - I sub 1/2 butter for all shortening and milk rather than water and I do use a pinch of salt but it is still very sweet.

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tastyart Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 8:28pm
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I use the Less Sweet Buttercream recipe from here on CC. I think it is better than the wilton recipe. I also don't like recipes with too much butter. This recipe doesn't have any. I usually use regular vanilla for the flavoring since I don't have any Loranne flavors. Almond is good too.
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-3683-Buttercream---Less-Sweet.html

AnitaK Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 9:05pm
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That looks promising - have any idea what "Crisco - 492 grams " is in cup measurement?

lostincake Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 9:46pm
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I use Buttercream Dream and it's very good. I normally don't like BC 'cuz I find it too sweet but even I can tolerate this one lol. Here is the link:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-2123-Buttercream-Dream.html

Oh and it's super easy to make...give it a try.

tastyart Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 9:53pm
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492 grams is the same as 2cups and 3TBS.

Daytona Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 9:56pm
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That buttercream dream icing looks good does it crust.

lostincake Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 10:25pm
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Originally Posted by Daytona

That buttercream dream icing looks good does it crust.




Yes...it crusts quite nicely and quick too.

prterrell Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 10:29pm
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Have you tried making a meringue-based buttercream? There are both Swiss and Italian versions (the basic difference is in the method, otherwise, they are very similar). I prefer the Italian. It doesn't crust, but it is soooooooo much better than the Wilton class "buttercream".

AnitaK Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 11:14pm
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can you decorate with the meringue based icings?

Thanks to all for the suggestions.

prterrell Posted 8 Feb 2009 , 11:54pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AnitaK

can you decorate with the meringue based icings?

Thanks to all for the suggestions.




Absolutely! Do it all the time!

amytracy1981 Posted 9 Feb 2009 , 12:14am
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I haven't tried this one yet. But I came across it the other day and it's sounds like it would be really good. It say's in the recipe that it's not too sweet.
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-7364-Simply-smooth-white-buttercream.html

rebew10 Posted 9 Feb 2009 , 1:34am
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I was looking for the answer to this too, so this thread helped out. However, I was also wondering if any Texas bakers could suggest a good buttercream that is not too sweet and can withstand our lovely humidity.

korensmommy Posted 9 Feb 2009 , 1:53am
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Here is my modification of the Buttercream Dream recipe that is less sweet and holds up in southern Louisiana humidity:

2 sticks *salted* butter
1 cup shortning
2lbs powdered sugar
flavoring: vanilla, creme bouquet & butter
2 tablespoons dream whip
6 tablespoons water (less in the summertime humidity)

It does crust but if the humidity is high (when isn't it!?!?) I put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

HTH!

prterrell Posted 9 Feb 2009 , 2:14am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rebew10

I was looking for the answer to this too, so this thread helped out. However, I was also wondering if any Texas bakers could suggest a good buttercream that is not too sweet and can withstand our lovely humidity.




I'm in Georgia, so we have that problem, too (possibly less hot and more humid?). I've found that mixing 1 batch IMBC with one batch of shortening-powdered sugar "buttercream" helps (2 cups shortening + 8 cups PS). Of course, you still can't leave it sitting out in the sun. icon_biggrin.gif It won't be quite as good as straight IMBC. I generally only use straigh IMBC in the winter or if the cake isn't going to be leaving the AC.

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