jajay Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 12:49pm
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im new to piping and have just got my 1M nozzle - yay!

the problem iv got is my buttercream isnt upto scratch lol. tbh it is a basic recipe of stork, icing sugar & vanilla essence....

so i was hoping somebody might be able to help me out! what ingredients(british) do i need to make the b/c stiff & keep its shape? im wanting to do roses, and the classic b/c piped swirl on a cupcake.

thanks in advance x

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Valkstar Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 1:00pm
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I use a very simple recipe but it works every time.

160g butter ( I wouldn't use margarine...hate the taste)
320g icing sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
1-1.5 tbsp milk


Put the butter in your mixer, and start to add the icing sugar. About halfway through put in the vanilla then the rest of the sugar. Add the milk if the buttercream is too stiff.

You can substitute 50g cocoa and 270g icing sugar for chocolate buttercream.

I use it for swirls and roses all the time. There are a few in my photos.

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napa Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 3:28pm
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Just to second that I use butter and not stork as well, I find the stork makes it too soft and it doesn't hold as well, so maybe try that.

Unlimited Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 3:45pm
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For roses to hold their shape, just add more sugar for a stiffer consistency.

Kelbag Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 3:56pm
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just wanted to say hello to JaJay because I am down the road in Cosham. I always used Tesco's Value Butter it so much better than stork and even better than some of the more expensive butters. Lurpak is good and brings out a whiter butter if you are not going to colour it.

Kelbag

jajay Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 7:50pm
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thanks all, seems iv been doin it right, apart from stork! i thought it would be more a complex recipe. will giv butter ago instead icon_smile.gif

kelbag, hav pm'd u x

ChRiStY_71 Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:10pm
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icon_redface.gif Just curious...I am from across the pond...what exactly is "stork"?

Davwattie Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:21pm
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icon_redface.gif Just curious...I am from across the pond...what exactly is "stork"?




It's a brand of margarine in UK

sillywabbitz Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:24pm
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Am I the only one who took the 2nd part of her subject line as just a little bit risque! I like my men British too but icon_redface.gif

LisaPeps Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:24pm

Stork is margarine which is basically vegetable fat based butter but not White like crisco.

Can I ask where you got your 1m tip from?

Davwattie Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:26pm

jajay

I use Trex alot of the time instead of butter as it contains less water so gives a firmer type of buttercream and no-one has ever noticed the difference.

It's great when making chocolate or baileys frosting icon_biggrin.gif

Davwattie Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:28pm
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Am I the only one who took the 2nd part of her subject line as just a little bit risque! I like my men British too but icon_redface.gif




lol never noticed til you said

Rosiepan Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:32pm
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Stork is margarine which is basically vegetable fat based butter but not White like crisco.

Can I ask where you got your 1m tip from?



I just got mine from ebay,

Rosiepan Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:35pm
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Am I the only one who took the 2nd part of her subject line as just a little bit risque! I like my men British too but icon_redface.gif



LOL! probably the only thing stiff and British is upper lips.

ChRiStY_71 Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:39pm
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Lol! I can just hear my husband saying "That's what she said!" tapedshut.gif

zespri Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 10:25pm

Oh I don't know, my husband is british and..... OK I should probably stop there icon_biggrin.gif



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Am I the only one who took the 2nd part of her subject line as just a little bit risque! I like my men British too but icon_redface.gif


LOL! probably the only thing stiff and British is upper lips.


Rosiepan Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 12:29pm
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Oh I don't know, my husband is british and..... OK I should probably stop there icon_biggrin.gif



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Originally Posted by sillywabbitz

Am I the only one who took the 2nd part of her subject line as just a little bit risque! I like my men British too but icon_redface.gif


LOL! probably the only thing stiff and British is upper lips.



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bobwonderbuns Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 1:16pm

I guess my mind isn't wired the same -- when I thought about "british icing" I thought "are you kidding? It's royal icing and it dries hard as a rock!!" icon_lol.gif I still don't understand why people want to ice a cake in a medium that requires a chainsaw to cut the cake though... icon_confused.gif

miss_sweetstory Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 1:42pm
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Originally Posted by zespri

Oh I don't know, my husband is british and..... OK I should probably stop there icon_biggrin.gif



Quote:
Originally Posted by Rosiepan

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Originally Posted by sillywabbitz

Am I the only one who took the 2nd part of her subject line as just a little bit risque! I like my men British too but icon_redface.gif


LOL! probably the only thing stiff and British is upper lips.



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Geez, Now how I respond when all my very proper British neighbors want to know what I'm giggling about??? "Oh, I'm just thinking about icing!" Yep. chalk another one up for the crazy American.

Rosiepan Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 1:56pm
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Originally Posted by Rosiepan

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Originally Posted by zespri

Oh I don't know, my husband is british and..... OK I should probably stop there icon_biggrin.gif



Quote:
Originally Posted by Rosiepan

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Originally Posted by sillywabbitz

Am I the only one who took the 2nd part of her subject line as just a little bit risque! I like my men British too but icon_redface.gif


LOL! probably the only thing stiff and British is upper lips.



icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif



Geez, Now how I respond when all my very proper British neighbors want to know what I'm giggling about??? "Oh, I'm just thinking about icing!" Yep. chalk another one up for the crazy American.



Ok Iam now going to take this to the gutter,
A few years ago I said to my hubby, I fancy a take away (meal) and he replied, 'yes I could do do with a stiff Indian'
I still have to restrain my mirth when I think of it. When he realised what he had said he was redder than any hot curry would have made him.

jajay Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 11:17am

haha, oops! i did mean the buttercream, honestly! altho, that is a must with a man too icon_wink.gif


i got my 1M tip from ebay £7 delivered.


where can i get trex? iv heard this is better than marg, and it give a white buttercream, rather than a yellow one? x

miss_sweetstory Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 11:20am
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where can i get trex?




It's usually in the refrigerator section at Tesco, Sainsbury's etc. Not far from the butter and margarine. If you don't see it there, check near the refrigerated pastry crust... it's sometime's there.

jajay Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 11:22am

ah thank you icon_smile.gif typical, i shop in asda!! probably why iv never seen it, expect asda is the only place that doesnt sell it! x

LisaPeps Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 11:24am

Any supermarket in the butter aisle next to where the stork would be. It is a White box. It's a bit gross though, I use butter personally.

Kelbag Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 11:45am

Me as well, I know alot of people use 'shortening' to make buttercream with, but I think the name says it all. Nothing can beat the pure indulgence of all butter buttercream..... saying that I've never tried to make buttercream with T-Rex or even taste it, but just something puts me off... just my opinion icon_smile.gif

jajay Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 12:08pm

looks like i hav some experimenting to do!

thanks all x

Rosiepan Posted 14 Mar 2011 , 12:51pm
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ah thank you icon_smile.gif typical, i shop in asda!! probably why iv never seen it, expect asda is the only place that doesnt sell it! x



No I shop at asda and it is near the butter.
I have used 50/50 trex and butter with Dream Topping and a little milk, it is delicious but have never tried it all Trex.

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