So I am making my daughter's first birthday cupcakes.My husband nor I like buttercream icing so we wanted to do a whipped icing instead. Does anyone know how well that would hold up for cupcakes or a good sturdy recipe? Or anything else that isn't buttercream or cream cheese frosting.
What is it that you don't like about buttercream? Too sweet? Have you tried making an IMBC or SMBC? They are less sweet and perhaps will be more to your liking.
I don't like anything about buttercream. I would prefer something less thick and no butter
I mean this in the nicest way possible. Have you considered mini pie's? If you don't like buttercream it might be a better option. Still try the IMBC or SMBC. They can be made with earth balance if you want to avoid butter, but if you don't like buttercream there are lots of options other than cupcakes. Don't be afraid to be different!
Look ip a recipe for stabilized whipped cream made with gelatin or whipped cream cheese frosting. They will hold up at cool room temp for a couple of hours.
You could try a whipped ganache instead of a buttercream. Italian or Swiss meringue buttercream is lighter than American Buttercream because they use fluffy egg whites. Otherwise like Shaloop said, look for a stabilized whipped cream icing which is heavy whipping cream, sugar and gelatin. Depending on your weather, the icing may or may not hold up well. Here it's hot/humid all year round, even Crisco droops, ha ha.
@FrostedMoon pies might be a bit much for a 1-year old to munch on.
If you just want your kiddo to play in it, then just give them a small piece with lots of whipped cream on top . I tried to get my son to squish the cake for his first, but he's a very careful kiddo so all we could get him to do was stick his finger in it. Good luck!
Not sure if you're wanting it to be homemade, but you can go to the bakery at Target (or most grocery stores) and ask for a Tupperware of their whipped cream frosting. They'll let you buy it and it is stable.
@craftybanana2 she said she and her husband don't like buttercream, nothing about not wanting to feed her nearly 1 year old buttercream. Easy to make something appropriate for the baby to enjoy and something else (like mini pies) for the guests. For my first child I made a butterfly cake for everyone to enjoy, but made a mini butterfly cake out of banana bread and frosted it with cream cheese flavored/colored and decorated with fruit for her to enjoy. My second had eating issues due to being born with multiple internal birth defects that affected his ability to swallow, so he had a cupcake separate from the cake I made for everyone else for his 1st birthday party. My point was and is, don't feel pigeonholed in to making something you don't enjoy just because some people consider it traditional. It's okay to be different!
If you are set on the idea of having cupcakes, you may want to try marshmallow frosting. This is not a recipe I have tried, but might be sort of what you are looking for. http://www.marthastewart.com/314199/marshmallow-frosting
Just make sure you use a thermometer to make sure the eggs hit a safe temp when cooking. http://www.incredibleegg.org/egg-nutrition/safe-food-handling-tips/