Buttercream Advice--Help For Wedding Cake!

Baking By annlw Updated 17 May 2011 , 2:58am by itscake

annlw Posted 16 May 2011 , 1:27pm
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Hi All,
I'm making a wedding cake for Saturday and conflicted about the kind of buttercream to use.
A little while ago, I made a batch of Swiss meringue buttercream to test. I really liked the taste, and think it's superior to the taste of American buttercream (which I usually use)....it had just the right amount of sweetness (i.e. not too much). But the the color is more of an ivory (the butter where I am is very yellow), and it also seems harder to smooth out (many air pockets from all that beating of the egg whites!). On top of this, it is supposed to be HOT on Saturday and I'm worried the Swiss meringue buttercream will melt!
SO MY QUESTION IS THIS: I'm wondering if for the actual cake, I could make up a batch of BOTH buttercreams and then just beat them together. Has anyone done this? Or is that pointless since the frosting still ends up a bit gritty from the powdered sugar (I don't mind SOME, just don't want too much0? I just tried whipping two small batches together, and it seems like it could work. On the other hand, if someone has a completely different suggestion, let me know!
THANKS!
Ann
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ddaigle Posted 16 May 2011 , 1:51pm
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What did the bride order?

annlw Posted 16 May 2011 , 1:54pm
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She is a friend and is basically leaving it up to me....I let her try a test cake which had American buttercream on it, which she liked. But the guests at the wedding will be largely international--I live in Beijing--and many people (especially Chinese people) do not like things that are too sweet.
I'm also putting some polka dots that I made out of fondant all around teh outside...

itscake Posted 16 May 2011 , 2:06pm
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I have been using this method for a year now....everyone loves it. I blend the two together ..and it worked well...you may need to add a little more butter or shortning..

MrsMoe07 Posted 16 May 2011 , 2:32pm
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Originally Posted by itscake

I have been using this method for a year now....everyone loves it. I blend the two together ..and it worked well...you may need to add a little more butter or shortning..




So you're saying mixing the BC and the SMBC would hold up in the heat? I wanted to use SMBC at my son's upcoming birthday and was afraid of the icing melting, but also wanted to appeal to my family with the not-so-sweet icing.

itscake Posted 17 May 2011 , 2:58am
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it holds up very well...I would take it out of the fridge an hour before serving

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