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MBC epiphany!!

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I really fought it.

I was NOT giving up my American buttercream.

I had tried SMBC and was not a fan. It seemed tedious, I wasn't that 'into' the flavor/texture really. And I HATED wasting the egg yolks! I know you can make stuff with them, but I never got around to it. Every time I'd put them in the fridge intending to utilize them, and every time they had to be thrown out. thumbsdown.gif

So, I saw a little video for IMBC on YouTube a while back and thought I should give it a try. I know the difference between those two is probably pretty small, but for some reason, the IMBC hit me right. It was easier and faster to make than I remembered. I made three different batches... first unsalted butter, something wasn't exactly right, but it was good. Then salted butter... not quite right either, but really warming up to it. Then half and half. icon_surprised.gif You know how the clouds part, the single ray of light shines down, and harps play? Yah. I went bonkers. THAT was the stuff. SO much less messy than PS based buttercream. SO delicious!! But I still couldn't get past the wasted yolks!

So why did it not occur to me that the obvious answer was liquid egg whites? icon_confused.gif I saw them on the shelf above the eggs the other day and it slapped me in the gourd that this was the answer. I was a bit nervous that it wouldn't work the same... were there 'extra' ingredients? were they too 'processed', would they not taste right? etc. But the ingredients list just says 'egg whites', so I gave it a shot. Ok... bye-bye to EVERY excuse for not making IMBC. It's quick, it's not that expensive, it's so freakin' delicious that I want to cry right now because I don't have any made. icon_redface.gif We are NOT going to discuss how much of it I ate last night. So far my absolute favorite is lemon, followed by maple. OMG. It hurts just saying it!

So... to all of you wise acres that said I'd love it if I just opened my heart and mind... I'm sorry I was such a hard sell. Buuuut... I have to go right now because, well, all this talk... you know... gotta go make some IMBC!!!

P.S. I am not going to stop using my American Buttercream for my customers unless they try this and want it, simply because I am FAMOUS for my ABC, and because it might be dangerous for me to have that stuff around very often!! icon_rolleyes.gif
Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

Well that's just great. Peanut butter in my crack.
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Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

Well that's just great. Peanut butter in my crack.
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post #2 of 279
Would you please share your recipe for the IMBC?
I see several versions.

Does it smooth nicely too?

Thanks for sharing!
post #3 of 279
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It is utterly perfect in every way. Only three basic ingredients, and then whatever flavoring you desire. Smooth, silky, painfully delish! I just made a batch of Butter Rum, and it's my new favorite! icon_lol.gif

1 c. liquid egg whites (or 4 large egg whites)
2 c. sugar
6 sticks butter (half salted, half unsalted)
optional - tiny pinch of salt
flavoring

Put egg whites in mixing bowl of stand mixer (or whatever you use) and place that in a pot of simmering water. (Make sure NO yolk gets in it!) Slowly pour in premeasured amount of sugar while gently whisking. If desired add a very small pinch of salt. Heat just until sugar is completely dissolved. (For the technical peeps, at least 140 degrees in order to pasteurize them. But it will get warm enough by the time the sugar is dissolved, so I don't even use a thermometer.) Place bowl in a water bath to begin cooling while you slice butter into pats. Place bowl on stand mixer with whisk attachment on med-high to high speed. Whip until soft peak stage and whites are completely cool. Switch to paddle attachment and slowly add butter while beating at medium speed. At one point it may seem like it's curdled or separating, ignore that, finish adding the butter and turn up the speed to med-high and within a minute or two it will be the most smooth, beautiful icing. Add desired flavoring. For a batch this size I add an entire 2 dram bottle of LorAnn because I like lots of flavor. It is wonderful! thumbs_up.gif
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post #4 of 279
I think I just might give a try! Thanks! thumbs_up.gif
Lyndi M.
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post #5 of 279
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My pleasure. Ummm... I need to go get something out of the refrigerator. icon_lol.gif
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post #6 of 279
this is just what i have been needing to hear. I too have backed off from using this kind of icing. I will give this recipe a try, it sounds easy. So have you iced a cake yet?, how was it getting it smooth. thanks for sharing.
post #7 of 279
Thanks for sharing the recipe!
post #8 of 279
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It smooths very nicely, and the best part is that it firms up kind of stiff in the fridge so it's great for fondant. You can retain that crisp edge. You cannot use the "Melvira Method" for smoothing though because it doesn't crust. You have to use a hot spatula or one of those methods. I just like to use it for cupcakes most of all though. Ok, I'm not gonna lie... I like eating it with a spoon. icon_lol.gificon_redface.gif
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Well that's just great. Peanut butter in my crack.
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Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

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post #9 of 279
i make smbc and use liquid egg whites all the time too... save me tons of time and no wasted yolks!
post #10 of 279
so do you replace the butter with half and half?? How much??
post #11 of 279
What did you do with the half and half?
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post #12 of 279
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Originally Posted by cakemom24

so do you replace the butter with half and half?? How much??



I think that she meant half salted and half unsalted butter
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post #13 of 279
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Originally Posted by Melvira

It is utterly perfect in every way. Only three basic ingredients, and then whatever flavoring you desire. Smooth, silky, painfully delish! I just made a batch of Butter Rum, and it's my new favorite! icon_lol.gif

1 c. liquid egg whites (or 4 large egg whites)
2 c. sugar
6 sticks butter (half salted, half unsalted)
optional - tiny pinch of salt
flavoring

Put egg whites in mixing bowl of stand mixer (or whatever you use) and place that in a pot of simmering water. (Make sure NO yolk gets in it!) Slowly pour in premeasured amount of sugar while gently whisking. If desired add a very small pinch of salt. Heat just until sugar is completely dissolved. (For the technical peeps, at least 140 degrees in order to pasteurize them. But it will get warm enough by the time the sugar is dissolved, so I don't even use a thermometer.) Place bowl in a water bath to begin cooling while you slice butter into pats. Place bowl on stand mixer with whisk attachment on med-high to high speed. Whip until soft peak stage and whites are completely cool. Switch to paddle attachment and slowly add butter while beating at medium speed. At one point it may seem like it's curdled or separating, ignore that, finish adding the butter and turn up the speed to med-high and within a minute or two it will be the most smooth, beautiful icing. Add desired flavoring. For a batch this size I add an entire 2 dram bottle of LorAnn because I like lots of flavor. It is wonderful! thumbs_up.gif



Melvira, where's the half and half? I thought you said that's what made it over the top?
Linda
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post #14 of 279
I offer it as one of my options - but I charge the same for it as I do fondant! I have had one person order it so far. It is hands down my DH's favorite. He LOVES it. Now that I have an ALdi's in town, it doesn't break my heart using all that butter! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #15 of 279
On my list of things to try. Thanks for the great review!
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