So then, how can I cut down on the sweetness???
I have to do a Bob the Builder Cake for my twin nephews' party tomorrow.
I'm going in the kitchen in about an hour to make my icing.
I use the half butter, half shortening recipe. Any suggestions or words of wisdom??
Maybe swap a little more butter for the shortening. I get a lot of compliments on mine not being so sweet, and i have a slightly higher ratio of butter to shortneing... I'm just guessing that helps. Also, vanilla is sweet. Use a flavoring (extract) other than vanilla. This may help.
Try this recipe when you get a chance. It is more of a whipped frosting and not anywhere near as sweet as buttercream. I started with less milk to get a stiff consistency, then removed what I needed stiff, then added more milk for medium consistency & removed that, etc for the thin.
Dream whip frosting
1 1/3 cup shortening
1/2 envelope of dream whip (I just guessed)
2 teasp clear flavoring
Whip at high speed for 7-10 minutes or until it looks like whipped topping.
2 lbs powdered sugar
1/2 cup flour
2/3 to 3/4 cup milk (the less the better for making roses)
Whip at high speed for another 7-10 minutes. Then set the mixer on low and mix for a few minutes. This piped beautifully and I think you could probably adjust the flour/powdered sugar ratio for more or less sweetness (is that a word?). Hope this helps!