Buttercream Has Alcohol Aftertaste...

Baking By KrumbsByKim Updated 2 Apr 2012 , 12:55pm by myxstorie

KrumbsByKim Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 6:44pm
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Hello fellow Cakers! I've been using Indi Debi's buttercream recipe for awhile now, but lately have noticed after a day it has an alcohol aftertaste. I haven't changed any of the ingredients. Could it be from sitting in the mixer bowl? I have a 20qt mixer. I've been using an clear imitation vanilla flavor from CK Products. Has this happened to anyone else? TIA!!

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pmarks0 Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 9:04pm
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I could be the vanilla. I have found that the clear vanilla, whch as you say, are not real vanilla, can often have a really strong alcohol taste, and not the good kind. I realize that often one wants a pure white icing, which is why we use the clear vanilla, but I find that for the amount of extract I might need, it doesn't make the icing look too off white. And the taste is way better.

myxstorie Posted 2 Apr 2012 , 12:55pm
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Agreed, it's probably the vanilla. You can make vanilla extract by putting vanilla beans/pods in alcohol, so that would make sense.

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