My Mission: An Awesome Frosting Recipe

Baking By agentdorkfish Updated 19 Aug 2009 , 4:24am by NatiMF30

agentdorkfish Posted 20 Jul 2009 , 2:11am
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I'm still a wee rookie to cake decorating. I'm trying to branch out and make my own frosting because homemade is so much better than store-bought. I'm just not having much luck so far.

I need a frosting that will hold up to decorating but tastes good. Is there any recipe that gives me that but doesn't taste like it consists only of powdered sugar?

Help!

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jonahsmom Posted 20 Jul 2009 , 2:55am
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This is the frosting that our local cake shop uses and people claim she has the best frosting around.

2 cups crisco
1/2 cup real butter (unsalted)
1 cup water
2 tsps salt
2 tsps vanilla
1 tsp almond flavoring
2 lbs powdered sugar

I use Sugarshack's recipe with french vanilla creamer as my hot liquid (powder kind mixed with water). My friends think my frosting is better than Larita's and I know I could eat it by the bowlful if I didn't care how big my butt grew!!! LOL! The difference in taste to me is all about the almond flavoring. I'm just not a big fan, but some people really like it.

You can find sugarshack's buttercream recipe here on CC.

HTH!

CanadianCakin Posted 20 Jul 2009 , 4:28am
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2 words.......Indydebi`s Buttercream......search it in the recipe section! icon_wink.gif

Texas_Rose Posted 20 Jul 2009 , 6:03am
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Originally Posted by momma_ash

2 words.......Indydebi`s Buttercream......search it in the recipe section! icon_wink.gif




Exactly what I was going to suggest...go get yourself some Dream Whip and give it a try!!! It holds up really well and doesn't have that greasy taste that the basic Wilton recipe has. My whole family loves it icon_biggrin.gif

agentdorkfish Posted 20 Jul 2009 , 1:13pm
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Thanks for replying, everyone! I have never heard of Dream Whip. And I live in a small town, so my shopping options are limited. Would Wal-Mart carry it? My only other option is a little grocery store. Who knows if they would have it. I'm going to town today so I'll check it out.

jonahsmom Posted 20 Jul 2009 , 1:47pm
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Definitely Wal-Mart will carry it!!! In the baking aisle.

agentdorkfish Posted 20 Jul 2009 , 5:20pm
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I went to Wal-Mart first and I didn't see it. Then again, I didn't really know what I was looking for. But I went to the grocery store just to see if they had it. I was about to give up but I turned around and wham! There it was! I'm going to give that recipe a try this week for my soon to be sister-in-law's birthday cake!

mjk350 Posted 21 Jul 2009 , 8:34pm
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Yes it is a great tasting frosting. thumbs_up.gif

agentdorkfish Posted 25 Jul 2009 , 1:27am
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Indydebi`s Buttercream was a success! It held up so well and it was so easy to decorate with. And it tastes so nice and light. Ah, loved it!

Deb_ Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 12:24am
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I stopped looking for a new recipe once I discovered hi-ratio (sweetex or alpine) shortening. It doesn't really matter what the recipe is as long as I use hi-ratio.

Once you try it, you won't ever go back to normal Crisco or other store bought shortening.

It makes your frosting silky smooth, it holds up great in heat and humidity, and the taste is phenomenal. It's made specifically for frostings/icings whatever you prefer to call it.

I HIGHLY recommend it.

cutthecake Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 1:20am
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I LOVE Whimsical Bakehouse's House Buttercream, both chocolate and vanilla. I have added peanut butter, Oreos and other things to it. The recipe is on their website, as well as in their books.

agentdorkfish Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 1:22pm
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Originally Posted by dkelly

I stopped looking for a new recipe once I discovered hi-ratio (sweetex or alpine) shortening.




Something else that I'm not familar with. I'll have to keep an eye out for this. Where can you buy it? Like I said before, my shopping destinations are limited!

Deb_ Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 4:25pm
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Here's a link to one place that sells Sweetex, although for some reason I can't get the product to pop up, you could contact them though and ask. I'm thinking maybe they don't ship it in the warm summer months.
http://www.thebakerskitchen.net/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=88

Deb_ Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 4:30pm
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OK I just phoned them and the manager told me that they received a letter today from Alpine and Sweetex saying that they could no longer repackage their product and resell it. This is COUNTRYWIDE. They will still sell the products, however it will have their name on it and not the Alpine or Sweetex brand that we are used to seeing.

They are in the process of updating their website today and that is why I couldn't get it to come up. If you want to order it, you still can, you just need to call them for now until their site is updated.

HTH

NatiMF30 Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 4:42pm
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Originally Posted by dkelly

They are in the process of updating their website today and that is why I couldn't get it to come up. If you want to order it, you still can, you just need to call them for now until their site is updated.HTH




Do you happen to know the price and quantity? I checked kitchen krafts and they sell 3 lbs for $7.95 and I think standard shipping is $6.95. THanks!

agentdorkfish Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 6:11pm
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Thanks for the link! Looks like a great site, not just for shortening either. I might be making my brother's wedding cake so I will definitely splurge and get a good icing shortening for that.

Deb_ Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 11:26pm
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Originally Posted by NatiMF30

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Originally Posted by dkelly

They are in the process of updating their website today and that is why I couldn't get it to come up. If you want to order it, you still can, you just need to call them for now until their site is updated.HTH



Do you happen to know the price and quantity? I checked kitchen krafts and they sell 3 lbs for $7.95 and I think standard shipping is $6.95. THanks!




I now buy hi-ratio from a local distributor, but I just looked through my invoices and the last time I ordered from this company was in April....I ordered 3 - 4lb containers of Sweetex @ $8.99 each and a bottle of extract and the shipping was $9.96 to MA.

NatiMF30 Posted 27 Jul 2009 , 11:34pm
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Thanks!

cakeymom Posted 31 Jul 2009 , 3:46pm
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Please try IMBC (Italian Meringue Buttercream). I's AWESOME. However, it does take a little more effort to make.

It has a more adult taste, not too sweet. It's light and accepts flavors very well.


I love it!!!!!!


cakeymom

NatiMF30 Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 4:24am
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Okay, I'm about to embark on a taste/spread/smooth test on 2 different BC recipes to find out which is the best and if the inclusion or exclusion of ingredients makes a difference. If I am wasting my time and someone has the answers please let me know before I do this.

I will try an ALL shortening recipe using water and then using milk. Will this make a noticeable difference or just affect spoilage time? Also salt and lemon juice to cut sweetness. Will these make it grainy or curdle with the milk?

I would do the same with a Shortening/Butter recipe. Water or milk? Will it make a noticeable difference? Again Salt and lemon juice.

I've read salt enhances flavors and also cuts sweetness while lemon juice cuts sweetness. ??

Am I crazy? I don't care for really sweet icing but I need something that will be smooth and crust well. Thanks!

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