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I need a good substitute for buttercream icing

post #1 of 25
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I was asked by my boss to make a cake for her dtr's baby shower. I had everything all planned out in my mind including using buttercream icing. Today I happened to talk to the new mom and she mentioned "hating" buttercream icing. I am new to cake making and haven't used whipped cream icing and since I have limited refrigerator space I really don't want to go with that. I am planning a tiered cake and could go with fondant, but really had some cute ideas for the buttercream. Any suggestions/thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 25
What does "dtr" stand for?
I don't really have an answer for you so I'll give you a bump, maybe someone else will have a better response. But what about using chocolate buttercream, or a flavored buttercream? Or does this person hate any kind of buttercream? That's really tough! Did you try looking through the frostings in the recipe section?
post #3 of 25
Did you ask WHY they don't like BC? Maybe they had a bad batch or a bad version of it. Maybe what they call BC isn't BC at all (cake civilians ... they never knwo what they're talking about!).

But I dont' alter my icing recipe. I was making a free cake for daughter's friend once and the family indicated "NO BUTTERCREAM .. WHIPPED CREAM ONLY!" (written in large letters in the sketch they brought over ... whatever!). I pointed to those words and said, "I don't DO Kroger cakes .... if you wanted a Kroger cake, it's right over there" and pointed to the Kroger sign that you could see from my front porch.

Turns out they LOVED my icing. icon_twisted.gif
post #4 of 25
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Dtr is daughter. I am a nurse so we shorten all kinds of words and I forget sometimes that they don't always make sense.

I was thinking about having her sample some icing. She said, "all buttercream icing tastes rotten to me" I didn't ask if she just meant like Sam's club cakes or if she had any real honest buttercream before. I was wondering if creamcheese icing would be a consistancy that I could use for decorating. Maybe I could ice with cream cheese and use BC for the accents. She could scrape of the small amount that would offend.
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post #5 of 25
Here's an overview to the different types of icings/frosting:

http://tinyurl.com/yh44gu

As has been said, perhaps the customer has only tried a bad version of one type of b/c. Doesn't mean that or another type isn't good - but that she had a bad experience.

American b/c's can be made using all butter, butter and shortening or all shortening. (And then there's hi-ratio shortening.)

There are also the meringue b/c's and some other different types.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the different types of frostings/icings:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6011626-.html

Everything you ever wanted to know about cream cheese frosting/icing:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-606414-.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-602187-.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-605468-.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-582086-.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-582561-.html

Hi-ratio shortening recipes:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6148181-.html

Ganache might also be another option.

Everything you ever wanted to know about ganache:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-497433-.html

Chocolate 101:

http://tinyurl.com/ytby97

Everything you ever wanted to know about baking, assembling and decorating your first tiered/stacked/layer cake:
(Has cake, frosting and fondant recipes. And so much more.)

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-605188-.html

HTH
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks JanH. Looks like you sent me enough to keep me busy for a while. I really appreciate it.
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post #7 of 25
I bet she's only ever had the shortening+confectioner's sugar type of "buttercream". Lots of people think they don't like buttercream until they try IMBC or SMBC. You can't really decorate with whipped cream - it's meant to be a dessert topping, not a cake icing! The stuff they use in grocery stores isn't real whipped cream. And like indydebi, if that's what they want, they can go to the grocery store and get a cake there.

If you want to try covering the cake in fondant and using fondant and RI for the deco, you can use other things besides BC to adhere the fondant to the cake. For example, if you are doing a lemon cake, you can use a thin layer of lemon curd instead of the BC crumb coat and put the fondant right on top of that! You can even use piping gel, but I'd rather use something with a little flavor to it.

HTH!
post #8 of 25
Wow JanH - that is so cool.
Indydebi will you please share your BC recipe?

Thanks a lot
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post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by TrinaR

Wow JanH - that is so cool.
Indydebi will you please share your BC recipe?

Thanks a lot


http://cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-6992-Indydebis-Crisco-Based-Buttercream-Icing.html
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post #10 of 25
could you please give us your recipe I am having a hard time fining a good tasting buttercreme thank you icon_cry.gif
post #11 of 25
could you please give us your recipe I am having a hard time fining a good tasting buttercreme thank you icon_cry.gif
post #12 of 25
hi everyone,
i know this a question within a question but since we are on the topic of buttercreams................why start a new forum? what can i use as a sugar-free bc? i have a birthday cake to make for a diabetic person and she wants sugar-free (obviously). any info would be greatly appreciated.
mary
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post #13 of 25
Indydebi: I found dreamwhip in Walmart but it was a small box. Do you buy it in bulk?
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by tarheelgirl

Indydebi: I found dreamwhip in Walmart but it was a small box. Do you buy it in bulk?



I buy it at Walmart. Sysco seems to not know what it is. icon_confused.gif I buy the big box ... it has 4 envelopes in it and sells for something like $3.89 (less than $1/envelope). The cashiers have gotten used to me coming thru with 10 boxes of it on a heavy baking week!
post #15 of 25
Indydebi's icing is to die for. It is very light weight. Some b/c are very heavy, but hers is not... you will love it..I can eat it right from the spoon
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