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Fun with Buttercream

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I just made a batch of Gale Gand's buttercream, which came out great. Here's the recipe:

1 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whipping cream (I used milk with good results)

The texture is fluffy and not greasy, and the flavor of the butter comes through nicely.

What's the best way to store it? Should I refrigerate and then re-whip? I wouldn't ask except that there's that bit of milk in it.

********* Meanwhile, the next morning.......

It was firm as cold butter, so I let it sit on the counter for a while to soften a bit. Then I fluffed it up with the hand mixer. The consistency was a little bit gritty, but not off-putting, so I used it.

Anything more I should know?
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This is what I've been up to recently. It's my first shot at using rolled fondant.



I took it to my doctor's office as a thank you gift.
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Hi Mezz,

I don't bake very often, but my wife does a fabulous job with her chocolate chip cookies and brownies. Practice makes perfect, lol.

Lately she wanted to try making cakes from scratch with a buttercream frosting. I'll pass along the buttercream recipe you posted to her, thanks!

dan
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Bon appetit! I hope it works as well for her. For some reason the cake photo didn't survive; it's in the photos area, however.

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post #5 of 7

ive been looking fo a good buttercream recipie so im going to try this one out

 

thanks!

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post #6 of 7

I use an italian merengue buttercream, which I've frozen leftovers of in the past. I let it defrost, bring it to room temperature, and whip it again in my kitchenaid. It easily comes right back together. Your's might have been gritty because you didn't let the butter soften enough? or was it gritty from sugar crystals?

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Possibly the water in the milk split out to form sugar chrystals...the way milk does in scrambled eggs but cream doesn't?

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