Unsalted Butter Butter Cream Question

Baking By sweettreat101 Updated 7 Aug 2014 , 2:10pm by cupadeecakes

sweettreat101 Posted 6 Aug 2014 , 11:23pm
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I usually use salted butter in my butter cream but my local grocery store had a really good sale on unsalted butter so I decided to stock up. Does anyone know about how much salt I should add to my frosting since the butter in unsalted? My recipe uses 2 lbs powdered sugar, 1 1/2 cups hi ratio shortening, 1/2 cup salted butter, 2 tablespoons clear vanilla and 1/3 cup water. Thank you.

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Rfisher Posted 6 Aug 2014 , 11:31pm
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AIIRC Cooks Illustrated touts 1/4 t per 4oz of butter, for the conversion. But brands do vary......

sweettreat101 Posted 7 Aug 2014 , 12:55am
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Thank you

AnnieCahill Posted 7 Aug 2014 , 1:46pm
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I use a full teaspoon of popcorn salt and my recipe uses 1.5-2 lbs powdered sugar too.

cupadeecakes Posted 7 Aug 2014 , 2:10pm
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My BC recipe uses 2 lbs of butter, 4 lbs of powdered sugar, (no shortening) and I add a 1/2 tsp of salt to my batch.


I never use salted butter because salted butter tends to be "less fresh" (the salt is a preservative) and there's little regulation in the amount of salt added by each manufacturer - even batches by the same manufacturer can have different amounts.  Some people swear by it though!

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