Hi everyone, years ago I bought creme bouquet from KK and never used it; at the time I didn't appreciate the smell. Since being on cc and hearing almost everyone rave about it, I decided to give it another try. I was going to buy the CK brand because a bunch of you had good things to say about it. My cake supply store only had Magic Line brand; I LOVE how it smells. I remember how the first bottle I bought smelled; it was too strong but ML smells the same but not as strong.
So, I made a double batch of bc (2lbs. powder sugar, shortening, butter and warm/hot cream) and a little more than 2 tsps. of creme bouquet because I've read here that a little goes a long way. I couldn't even smell it; as my bc was mixing it was smelling like warm cream. I kept adding a little at a time and it never smelled anything like in the bottle. I used whole lot of it; it's hardly any left and I used it only in the icing. How much do you all add to bc to give it a nice but not overpowering flavor? What do you think the problem was if any? Thanks!
I'm not sure if I can help you. I only use KK, (Kitchen Krafts), not being willing to try any other as I love the flavor of this particular brand. I buy it in the 8 oz size since I use it frequently. I guess smell, like beauty, is in the "eye" of the beholder. (I inhale deeply when removing the cap), but I couldn't tell you how much I use in a recipe. I just add it to taste---really subjective, I know. All I can say is perhaps another brand would give you the results you desire.
The important thing is how did it taste, not how does it smell. Did it have a good flavor with the amount you used? I like a strong flavor so usually use more flavoring than what is on the recipe. It may also have a stronger flavor the next day.
It tasted good because I wound up adding a little almond, vanilla butter and a little lemon to it. It never tasted the way it smells in the bottle or anything close to it.
For 2 # of powdered sugar I use 2 tsp vanilla, 2 tsp butter extract and 2-3 tsp cream bouquet. I have the magic line brand. I don't know if it exactly tastes like it smells, but to me it is tasty and that is what is important to me.