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If client doesn't want buttercream, what is your "go to?"

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

My client likes chocolate but has requested "just not buttercream."  My first thoughts are ganache or maybe a whipped cream frosting.  It's for a wedding so it will be sitting out for a bit.  Any other ideas or thoughts?  Thanks.

post #2 of 14
Why not buttercream? Perhaps a sample of your BC would change the customer's mind.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

I thought about that but I was trying not to fight it and think of something else.  Any other suggestions?

post #4 of 14

Cream cheese frosting? (although it's half buttercream (for stability), half cream cheese with a drop of vanilla). Tastes super yum!

post #5 of 14

I would do whipped ganache. People can't tell the difference between my whipped ganache and chocolate buttercreams (although I can!). I use the whipped ganache when I need more stability, I find it holds together better.
 

post #6 of 14

Whipped chocolate ganache - rich, chocolately, great mouthfeel.

post #7 of 14
I'm am wondering how you make whipped ganache?
post #8 of 14

Make ganache the regular way, and then whip the crap out of it. Really, super simple.
 

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by ericapraga View Post

Make ganache the regular way, and then whip the crap out of it. Really, super simple.
 


What she said.

post #10 of 14
Maybe the customer is used to the super sweet ABC, if your comfortable making IMBC or SMBC you could let them sample that as Jason suggested, a lot of my new customers are amazed that BC doesn't have to be super sweet (no offence to ABC, or anyone that uses it) and a sample of ganache.

I love working with ganache. You said the cake will be sitting out for a while, will it be outside? Are you covering it with fondant too?
post #11 of 14

PASTRY CREAM!

post #12 of 14

That's pretty much how you make whipped ganache.

 

However, if your ganache sets up really hard, you can cut back on the chocolate a little.  For whipped ganache, I like to use equal parts of whipped cream and semisweet chips by volume.

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Originally Posted by Smckinney07 View Post

Maybe the customer is used to the super sweet ABC, if your comfortable making IMBC or SMBC you could let them sample that as Jason suggested, a lot of my new customers are amazed that BC doesn't have to be super sweet (no offence to ABC, or anyone that uses it) and a sample of ganache.

I love working with ganache. You said the cake will be sitting out for a while, will it be outside? Are you covering it with fondant too?

I agree.   When I have cake tastings I always offer a sampling of standard buttercream (the confectioners sugar and vegetable shortening kind - what is sometimes called wedding cake frosting) as well as SMBC.   Without fail, every bride chooses the SMBC and are amazed at how light it is compared to the heavier traditional BC.  I'm in the very rural South and SMBC was generally unheard of ...everyone just relied on their maw maw's old fashioned kind.   I use Rose Levy's recipe for Mousseline and find that the next day it's even better as the ingredients meld....and yes, it has a few ounces of liquor as a finish....after all we are the heartland of bootleggers.

 

Now if the bride is dead set against any form of BC, then I suggest a fluffy  fosting - similar to the fillings on Hostess cupcakes (RIP)....it works on regular cakes too and seems to meet taste standards for those who don't like old fashioned BC.  I posted the recipe here    http://cakecentral.com/a/best-fluffy-simple-frosting-ever 

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post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much for all the suggestions.  I am going to share with her all the different ideas and see if one of them sounds like what she wants :)

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