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Safeway White Buttercream.... Unbelievable

post #1 of 26
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Whenever I felt like a great piece of cake I would get one of Safeway pre-cut sliced white cake with white buttercream. This buttercream is like none other! Today I went to Safeway to talk to the bakery about their incredible white buttercream. Well seems my husband is friends with all the ladies there icon_rolleyes.gif so I got one of the ladies to tell me about the process. Apparently it comes in this big block and they add 10lbs of butter and water. OK.....well that's the process, now what the heck is that block?

Has anyone had this buttercream? If you taste it, to me it doesn't taste like powdered sugar is used. It has a very slight grainy sugar texture to it. It's very light and fluffy too. It's so good I want to work there to know what that block of ingredients are.

They do sell it by the pound for $3.99 but a pound isn't much....that's for sure! Any thoughts.....ideas..... If you haven't tried this buttercream and have a Safeway near you, go buy a pre-cut slice taste it and tell me what you think.

Anxious to hear everyone's thoughts.
post #2 of 26
The box it comes in should have the ingredients. or you could just ask whats in it for nutrition facts they would have to tell you. Ans since your husbands knows them they would probably tell you.
post #3 of 26
I would guess the blocks are probably high-ratio shortening.
post #4 of 26
I think it would have to be more than hi-ratio if all they add to it is butter and water....unless it isn't sweet frosting. thumbsdown.gif
post #5 of 26
The slightly grainy texture would have to be powdered sugar.....?
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post #6 of 26
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post #7 of 26
Probably similar to Dawn Food Products But-R-Creme base; a shortening and powdered sugar block--just add water (butter optional).
post #8 of 26
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Thanks! I have this and it's on my list to try to make. Going to do this today especially since I have a batch of it from Safeway to see how close it comes to it. The only thing I'm wondering is WHY does Safeway's frosting have almost a regular sugar texture vs. powdered sugar? We shall see by the end of the day icon_smile.gif
post #9 of 26
The bakery I used to work at used a buttercream base. It was a solid block of high-ratio shortening and sugar that is mixed together with a commercial, super dooper mixer. You put X amount in the mixer, add x amount of water and mix on a speed for so many minutes. Scrape, add more water and beat on a different speed for x amount of minutes. It's easy and the end result is smooth, creamy and not grainy.

I always thought the base would be fun to play with in other recipes, like the OP mentioned adding some butter to it for the flavor. There are several kinds out there and the process to mix it is a little different with each one.

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post #10 of 26
I too love Safeway's buttercream! I have tried other grocery store bakery's cakes and find myself back at Safeway because of their frosting!
post #11 of 26
Take a look at this..sounds like what you are talking about. http://www.gourmetimports.com/bakingandpastry/bakingandpastry-details-1417.asp
post #12 of 26
Is this possibly a dry milk/sugar mixture to make it creamy?
post #13 of 26

i used to work for safeway as a cake decorator and i made the buttercream frosting every day and the block is what you put in first i know it sounds gross butt its lard its what gives it its texture and taste there is no powder sugar whatsoever but they do have recipes to make on line if you go to google!!

post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by mistyh12 View Post

i used to work for safeway as a cake decorator and i made the buttercream frosting every day and the block is what you put in first i know it sounds gross butt its lard its what gives it its texture and taste there is no powder sugar whatsoever but they do have recipes to make on line if you go to google!!
That is the nastiest thing I read on here!

I can guarantee you it is not lard mixed with water. I'll bet you my house, car, and kids, and client list, and my life, it is not lard and water. It is an icing base.

Lard is animal fat, that is all. It tastes like pure crap, too. The only use I know of for lard is in gravies, and pie crust. It is grainy and gets separated and turns to liquid quite easily. It would slide off a cake, because it would never set. Really unstable.
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post #15 of 26
It's not lard. It might have been white fat but that's shortening, not lard. Trust me, I've eaten enough Safeway frosting to know it doesn't taste of meat, and no amount of sugar and butter could cover that up.
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