Haven't baked in a long time and I'm making a wedding cake for my daughter's best friend with Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting. One tier is almond, two are lemon. I used Almond Emulsion and Lemon oil in the cake itself, but can they be used in a SMBC, or do I have to rely on Extracts, which I really don't like.
I appreciate any advice,
Though I have only made SMBC once I think you would not have a problem using the Almond Emulsion but not sure about the lemon. Oil probably would be a problem in Meringue icing. But thin as I said, I have only made it once many yrs ago so maybe someone who uses it more will jump in here w/more information for you.
I use lemon oil (and orange, lime) in SMB all the time. They are far more flavorful and less bitter. Just be careful because it is stronger and a little goes a long way, but will blend in beautifully. Add a little limoncello or amaretto for over the top buttercream. I would also recommend adding some vanilla as well, which I think mellows and balances the flavors.
yortma is right about using a blend of flavors. It helps greatly. That's why I have recommended in my posts to use a combination of vanilla, butter flavor, and almond or lemon. The complexness of the flavoring improves your icing so much.
If you're not happy with the results from the lemon oil, you should actually try some fresh lemon zest and juice if you're practising. I've mixed both into SMBC once with pleasant outcomes.
Thank you all!!! Great suggestions!! There is nothing in the world that vanilla doesn't make better, right??
How do you deal with the zest texture? I hate it when it gets in my mouth/teeth???
You know, I don't think it affected the texture at all. I believe I used the zest and juice of 1 lemon in a 1.5 pound batch of SMBC. My zester grates very finely and I just don't remember noticing any bits of it when I was eating it afterward. I'm sure they were still in there, my mixing couldn't have dissolved the zest obviously, but they must have been so fine that they incorporated well enough. And 1 lemon was plenty of lemon flavor for that amount of icing. If you use American Buttercream, keep in mind your results may vary. Swiss is pretty different in texture and composition.
Another way to make a fantastic lemon SMBC is to mix in lemon curd. I use the lemon curd recipe from the cake bible and cook it down at 190 degrees for an extra 20 mins so it is extra thick (also a plus for using it as a filling). If I am using it for the frosting, I leave out the zest. It will make a very pale yellow color frosting, but so good!