I need an almond tasting bc frosting. I am making a wedding cake that will be ivory color so don't need a pure white recipe. I usually make the Wilton buttercream with all shortening, but it has no almond flavor. Can I just substitute almond for the vanilla? Is there a better recipe for my needs? I've used the snow white recipe from Wilton which I like the taste, but it's a little too stiff to work with. I want to try the high ratio shortening for the wedding. Do I need a special recipe for HR or can I just substitute that 1:1 with regular shortening? Thanks
Tonedna1 has a fabulous high ratio recipe. That and Indydebi's recipe for heat/humidity are all I use!
Edna's site is www.designmeacake.com Just click on the recipe link on the top and you will see it.
And yes, you can certainly sub almond for vanilla in the buttercream.
For a wedding cake, I would suggest trying one of the "better" (lack a better word) icing recipes on CC: Toneda, Sugarshack and Indydebi for a start. You may be more pleased with the results.
thanks. boy, the design me a cake website has lots of good video info.
Almond is strong. Use much less than vanilla or the cake may taste extracty, if that is a word. You also may want to use some vanilla as a background note to the cake. It would be obviously almond but with a slight smoothness. I use the reverse for birthday cakes.
i wouldn't recommend using all almond flavoring..too overpowering. my almond icing recipe includes vanilla flavoring, but i decrease it a 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of almond flavoring.
so if a recipe only calls for 1 tsp vanilla, then maybe go 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond?
also, if your bc is too stiff, you just need to carefully add in a bit more liquid to make it the consistancy you want.
Start with 1/4 the amount, mix, and taste. Then another 1/4. You'll be surprised how quickly the almond taste come up. Then add a little vanilla to taste. You could try this in a separate bowl to see if you like it. But vanilla tends to round out other flavors, not destroy them.
Let us know how it goes.