My mom's birthday is coming up and I'm making her cake. She doesn't like butterbream because she says she can "taste the grease." And she doesn't like anything too sweet either.
I decided to make a coconut white cake with pineapple/pecan filling and a whipped cream frosting. My question is, does anyone have any tips on how to get the frosting really smooth? I know I won't get the smoothness of fondant but I'm hoping on something close to it. Or if anyone has a crusting recipe for a not too greasy tasting, not too sweet icing that I can get really smooth, I would greatly appreciate it!
I have made the Whipped Cream Buttercream recipe here on CC and I think it's fabulous. I add a tablespoon or two of vanilla flavoring to it and it tastes very similar to real whipped cream. I, personally, don't like real whipped cream, so I make this when I need whipped cream.
Here's the link to the recipe:
Another choice would be to use Frostin Pride or (Rich's) Bettercreme. Either should be available at GFS (Gordon's food supply). There are a few other places that sell it but I am only fimilar w/GFS.
It is a non-dairy whipped topping. It comes pre-whipped; OR frozen - in a carton like milk in quarts or gallon. A quart will be plenty for several cakes. It actually is semi-fzn - slushy. DO NOT defrost. Keep fzn; spoon out what you need and whip right away. Carefull - it easily can be over whipped. Simply add more liquid to thin it down.
I forgot all about Bettercreme! Yes, that would work also. In fact, I might need to go buy some to keep in my freezer, lol. It's soooooooooo good! I've never frosted a cake with it, only piped it onto cupcakes.....I may have to try it soon.
Not sure where you are from almy_al, but JAR Bakery Supply (which sells to the public) in Lincoln, RI sells the Bettercreme that kakeladi is talking about. I think they sell a quart of it for around $6.
Pastry Pride is the only thing I use to frost my cakes. I can get it as smooth as buttercream. Pastry Pride, Frosting Pride and Bettercreme are all very similar. I don't know where you are but I buy I buy it at Smart & Final in California. I believe you can buy Bettercream at Costco and Sams. But please know that these do not crust. I smooth mine with a very warm spatula and 25 years of practice!