Originally Posted by timhenk
But if I ordered a buttercream cake from somewhere and got an all-shortening icing, I'd be upset. If somethinng contains no butter, you shouldn't call it buttercream.
But when it's pretty much the industry standard to call it that, I can't see how someone can blame the cake maker because the customer doesn't understand the industry terminology? As someone said, ice cream doesnt' have ice in it. Coke no longer has cocaine in it, but it's still called coke. And we still say "dial a phone" even tho' I haven't seen a "dial" phone in years.
Popcorn in theaters hasn't had real butter on it in decades (and I worked in a theater decades ago), but we still order and call it "buttered" popcorn.
ANd red velvet cake doesnt' have any velvet in it.
I looked up some stuff earlier today re: where the name buttercream came from and pretty much everything I saw said it had butter or "other fat", so it appears it's ok to call non-butter icing "buttercream".
Anyone is welcome to disagree with it, but I can't see how you can get upset with it when it's the industry accepted terminology.