Swiss Buttercream

Decorating By goof9j Updated 11 Jun 2015 , 6:16pm by Jinkies

goof9j Posted 9 Jun 2015 , 12:09pm
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Hello All,

I absolutely love the taste of swiss buttercream and also love the lightness of it.  My problem is my family says it's like taking a bite of a stick of butter.  Is there a way not to have so much butter taste and still keep the fluffiness and lightness of the buttercream?

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MKC Posted 9 Jun 2015 , 12:41pm
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Here is my recipe. Some recipes use way too much butter:


8 egg whites

2 cups of granulated sugar

454 gr or 1 pound of butter (half salted and half unsalted)


Hope this helps.

goof9j Posted 9 Jun 2015 , 1:45pm
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Oh thank you so much, I will try this tonight.

-K8memphis Posted 9 Jun 2015 , 2:26pm
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you could àlso up the flavoring

virago Posted 9 Jun 2015 , 2:45pm
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here's an excellent recipe and discussion on SMBC and it's buttery characteristics...

https://fromscratchsf.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/tutorial-swiss-meringue-buttercream/

my house rarely has occasion to eat an entire cake for an event. so cakes get made, stored in refrigerator, slices cut and consumed over the course of many days. SMBC (and many cakes) just taste better when they are at room temperature...so what to do? we nuke (microwave) are cake slices for a few seconds (less then 10 seconds, on full power) before we eat them!

virago Posted 9 Jun 2015 , 2:47pm
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our cake slices (not *are*)

MBalaska Posted 10 Jun 2015 , 12:23am
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 Exactly !!!!  just put less butter in.  It won't get rock hard, but it pipes perfectly and taste so delicious you'll just be in heaven.

Quote by @MKC on 11 hours ago

Here is my recipe. Some recipes use way too much butter:


8 egg whites

2 cups of granulated sugar

454 gr or 1 pound of butter (half salted and half unsalted)


Hope this helps.

 

julia1812 Posted 10 Jun 2015 , 4:43am
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Well...BUTTERCREAM tastes like BUTTER? Sorry...just had a moment...

I read about this "problem" here on cc some time ago where a customer complained about it. 

Most people are used to American buttercream I guess which - in my opinion - should be called sugar cream.

But as mentioned ^ use less butter. I make smbc with a ratio of egg whites:sugar:butter from 1:2:2 (by weight) instead of 1:2:3

goof9j Posted 10 Jun 2015 , 12:36pm
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i'm not sure what you mean in your last paragraph.  I agree about the butter taste though.

I happen to like it.  But then, when I was a kid, I used to take a bite out of the stick of butter. :)


yortma Posted 10 Jun 2015 , 1:32pm
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Making SMBC is not the time to use the fancy expensive European butters that have a much stronger 'butter " flavor.  I use the plainest butter I can find - just cream or milk, no added flavorings either.  These also tend to be a paler color which is often desirable.  


My recipe sounds similar to the one above - 10 whites, 2 cups of sugar, 1.5 pounds of butter.  And lots  (2 to 4  TBSP) of vanilla for vanilla buttercream.  I decrease the vanilla if adding other flavorings, but almost always use at least some.  I love adding liqueurs to buttercream.  Does not taste at all alcoholic, adds a depth of flavor, and also tones down the buttery flavor.  HTH

goof9j Posted 10 Jun 2015 , 2:24pm
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Thanks so much.  The first two batches I made tasted the same, The ingredients are so expensive to make and I hate to waste good frosting.  I think I will try strawberries next time to see how that works. 

bakeforfun21 Posted 10 Jun 2015 , 5:08pm
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I just add butter to taste. I don't follow the recipe 100%. I personally love the buttery taste I get with Swiss meringue and I have only had one person that didn't like it. I use the well dressed Swiss meringue recipe on this site.

radtech Posted 10 Jun 2015 , 5:12pm
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Have you tried using Sweetex/crisco in place of some of the butter, maybe 1/2 and 1/2?  I made cupcakes for an outdoor graduation party and was worried about my SMBC  melting so I decreased the butter by half and used Sweetex to replace it.  I had lot of compliments.  I personally like it with all butter but you might trying this, it was a hit

Rohini Posted 10 Jun 2015 , 7:11pm
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I've just made a batch of smbc flavored with seedless raspberry puré (lots of it) as frosting for chocolate cupcakes. It was yummy! It had 150g egg whites, 250g sugar and 340g unsalted butter, pinch of salt and 2tsp of pure vanilla extract.

julia1812 Posted 10 Jun 2015 , 7:51pm
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Quote by @goof9j on 7 hours ago

i'm not sure what you mean in your last paragraph.  I agree about the butter taste though.

I happen to like it.  But then, when I was a kid, I used to take a bite out of the stick of butter. :)


I mean the ratio I use is 1:2:2. For example 100g egg whites: 200g caster sugar:200g butter.

It's not too buttery and also cheaper than using the 1:2:3 ratio.

goof9j Posted 11 Jun 2015 , 4:21pm
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Thanks again, everyone.  You all are so helpful.


Rfisher Posted 11 Jun 2015 , 5:50pm
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I agree with the 1-2-2 ratio, for my preferences. Sometimes lower on the sugar if the flavoring I am using is high in sugar. But I disagree on the non use of European / cultured. Definately try out different brands of butter for your liking, but don't automatically count them out. IMO, some store brands of butter's "natural flavoring" is what gets concentrated and stands out. Mostly I use LOL. I've actually gotten in to the habit of browning 1/3 to 1/4 of the butter I use, no matter what end flavor.......

-K8memphis Posted 11 Jun 2015 , 6:15pm
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brown butter -- great idea, rfisher -- i too have used 'the high priced spread' (Kerry butter etc.) just for family though -- it's amazing --

but my further observation is that I compared land o'lakes with sam's club brand butter and lol was much softer the sam's was much crisper -- so I surmise the sc had less water and milk solids? the sc is actually called  'daily chef'

Jinkies Posted 11 Jun 2015 , 6:16pm
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I use Gretchen Wright's SMBC recipe.  It's a SMBC but also has some powdered sugar in it.  I've had much success with it because it pleases both sides of the coin- not too sweet and not too buttery.  I haven't had anyone dislike it yet.  

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