Smbc Throwdown

Decorating By Cevamal Updated 27 Oct 2014 , 5:54pm by Cevamal

Cevamal Posted 26 Oct 2014 , 4:44pm
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In an attempt to answer whether the lazy method of SMBC yields a comparable product:


(Note: all measurements in ounces are by weight, not fluid ounces.)


I made two batches, one following the traditional method:


One lazy:


I heated 7 oz of egg whites with 9 oz of sugar to 160. When it was finished I had 14 oz of the sugar/egg mix. Not quite sure where those other 2 oz went! It doesn't seem like I'd lose water in the whites to evaporation since they were only heated to 160. Weird. 


I beat half of them to stiff whites, added 8 oz of butter, beat it forever on low, and added a tablespoon of vanilla. 


For the lazy batch I beat 8 oz of butter, slowly added the second egg/sugar mixture, then beat on high for a couple of minutes and added a tablespoon of vanilla.




The classic method which you would expect to have a higher volume because of the beaten whites yielded 14 oz or 2 cups


The lazy method yielded 15 oz (so obviously my split wasn't exactly in half!) or 2.5 cups. 


Dividing it out that actually translates to slightly -more- volume in the lazy method but I think that's probably a measuring error and consider them virtually equivalent.


Taste: both delicious.


Appearance: the classic method appears slightly smoother. This isn't surprising since this method involves a lot more beating on low. Now that they're both done I'm going to throw it back in the mixer on low for a while to see if it smooths out like the classic.


The finished product is going to be a chocolate mud cake. Three layers filled with nutella buttercream frosted with caramel buttercream.


My kids are fully in favor of my science project. :D

3 replies
AZCouture Posted 26 Oct 2014 , 6:54pm
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AHey, awesome! Definitely interested to see how this turns out.

MBalaska Posted 26 Oct 2014 , 10:10pm
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very interesting.  there's more than one way to skin a cat.

Cevamal Posted 27 Oct 2014 , 5:54pm
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AThe extra beating (on low) of the lazy SMBC left it comparably smooth to the regular one, IMO. Especially after adding the chocolate (I was out of Nutella!) and caramel. I couldn't tell a difference in the finished products other than the flavor.

I'd love it if someone more experienced and discriminating *cough*AZCouture*cough* would try the same experiment and report back.

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