Does this recipe work with Crisco (without transfats), or do I need to use vegetable shortening with transfats?
Does it taste like canned milk?
What tip you use to make the petals
I'm curious as well. Does this recipe work with 0 Transfat shortening?
I have personally made it with Crisco with no issues. I would be curious for someone to do a side by side comparison and let us know. I don't have any high ratio shortening around to try myself.
How can you call it buttercream when it doesn't contain butter? The clue is in the name BUTTERcream.
Traditionally, buttercream icing was made with butter and cream (plus sugar, of course). But at some point in history, it was found that the addition of "fat", i.e. vegetable shortening (or lard years ago) resulted in more stability of the icing, especially in warmer temperatures. Also, the use of all white vegetable shortening results in a whiter "white" icing, like that used on wedding cakes. High ratio shortening is an "emulsified" shortening that can absorb more sugar and greater disburse the liquid resulting in a lighter, smoother icing texture. Generally, when you see the name "buttercream", it is now assumed to contain butter, white shortening or both. All these result in a "crusting" icing. Hope this helps!
EU regulations state that buttercream must contain a specific quantity of butter.
You can also use Hi ratio shortening.
Instead of using the clear vanilla extract, you can sub it with butter extract. Do it all the time and it works just fine.
How do you store this buttercream and how long is it good? Does it require refrigeration?
i was going to ask the same thing. teri
I would also like to know if this needs to be refrigerated because of the evaporated milk.
Hey all.... this is almost exactly the recipe I use. Cyeley, yes it needs to be refrigerated because of the evap.
Also, if you whip the shortening before you add anything else to it, whip it until it looks like whipped cream, it will absorb the sugar better and it ensures that there's no greasy mouth feel.
Also, Crisco doesn't work like it used to since they changed the recipe. It's more expensive, but you should invest in hi-ratio shortening for your buttercreams.
It will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks, Blue_eyed_baker. You'll know it's no longer good if you open it and it has a perfume-ish odor. It takes a good 5-6 weeks to mold, but the smell will be the first indicator.
No it doesn't taste like canned milk, Crumbcake. It actually tastes better than buttercream that has butter in it.
So I Just made a batch of this...I did as you suggested, BakeMiaCake, and whipped the hi-ratio shortening I used. However, once I combined the paste and the shortening, it got lumpy....
Anyone have any suggestions? I am positive that I measured correctly, as I pre-measured...I don't know if it needs more liquid? A different attachment on my kitchenaid? less powdered sugar...?
Also, as a note, I JUST finished it...I know it says to use it the following day. But it just doesn't seem like it would make a big enough difference...
I don't like non natural things so I wouldn't make this recipe, however, it is seems logical that one needs to beat the sugar with the shortening and then add the liquids. Then it won't be lumpy, ADDBaker. Personally I hate the feel of Crisco which clings on the lips.
So I am always looking out for new and improved recipes so I tried this recipe because it piqued my interest because of the canned milk. Even though I knew what canned milk has a very distinct flavor, I at least wanted to give this recipe a try. I followed every step and while it came out beautiful and smooth, the taste is lacking and had a "funny" after taste to it. I tried adding vanilla, almond extract, butter flavoring and nothing could hide that taste. For that reason, I will not be making this recipe again.
hi there. I am from the UK and wanted to find out if it would work with Trex.
I'm English and live in the USA. Personally I can't stand 'butter'cream made with shortening and people who eat my cakes will no longer eat Crisco or shortening made buttercream - it leaves a nasty film and after taste on the inside of your mouth and I see the only benefit is you can get a REALLY white icing with it. I have shared my 'traditional' English buttercream recipe (which only has 4 ingredients and nothing fake in it) with loads of my American friends!!
Sweetheart1978, I wouldn't bother trying because it tastes gross but yes, Trex is the same as Crisco over here (or Flora veg shortening if that still exists - I've been over here for 11 years so not been to Tesco recently!)
But in my humble opinion, the only thing that is good for is a lard replacement (which is essentially what veg shortening is) in pastry - ask yourself, would you make buttercream with lard? Yeah, me either!!
Hi BritAbroad - would you share your buttercream recipe with all of us here...
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