Buttercream Versus Bettercreme

Decorating By calamity_clair Updated 22 Aug 2009 , 1:21pm by brincess_b

calamity_clair Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 11:13am
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Hi All

I have seen a few posts for Bettercreme. i was wondering if you could please explain what the difference is etwen that and buttecream.. I see that the Bettercreme adds shortening, but what exactly does this do to the mixture. Does it make it smoother?


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brincess_b Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 11:24am
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bettercreme is a non-dairy icing. http://www.rich.com/product_info.cfm?catid=6159 doesnt say exacty what the ingredients are though.
true buttercream is made with real butter. some versions are done with shortening - different taste and texture, and stands up to the heat much better.

vickymacd Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 11:25am
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I forget what the difference is, but I remember a discussion on it with
Melvira. She loves the stuff! I think it's kind of a liquid like heavy whipping cream, but you just whip it up. The taste is supposedly more like whipped cream.

calamity_clair Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 11:43am
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Hmmm. We don't have Bettercreme in Australia, but have seen a few recipes for it so I might give it a go. So how does the shortening change the buttercream then? I normally use the traditional method. BTW, thanks for your responses.

vickymacd Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 11:46am
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With the Crisco, it's going to be much smoother, and a bit greaser tasting.
Obviously, butter is going to have the butter taste.

I was taught that using all Crisco makes a much stiffer buttercream such as for making roses.

calamity_clair Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 11:48am
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Thanks Vicki. Sounds like I need to do some experimenting.

grandmom Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 11:58am
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And I thought the posts about Bettercreme were just typos!

dldbrou Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 12:23pm
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Me too, where do you buy Bettercreme?

calamity_clair Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 12:27pm
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I just found a recipe for it on CC. We don't have it in Australia.

brincess_b Posted 22 Aug 2009 , 1:21pm
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you can buy it at places like sams i think. different stores seam to have different polices about selling it though. you can find it online as well.

shortening bc isnt really that different (to me anyway, i havent tried a lot to compare fully but anyway). makes it a slightly different texture, a slightly different taste. comes down to what you prefer working with/ eating. and it is much more stable in the heat compared to butter, which is a main reason for using it.

i think there is a sticky post in one of the forums caled something like fun with bettercreme, its worth looking for.

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