Creamy Sweet Buttercream Icing can be made Ahead of time in many flavors

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There is nothing quite like a good buttercream icing recipe to take your cake recipe over the top. This buttercream recipe is one of the best that you will try. It is perfectly creamy, sweet, and can be made ahead of time. And you are sure to love the flavor customizations that are listed on the site, along with the step-by-step video for the recipe. If you are not a fan of those supermarket cakes that have the sweet and artificial-tasting frosting that comes with the cake, this is the recipe for you. This buttercream recipe uses simple ingredients that you may already have in the kitchen to include powdered sugar, unsalted butter, fine salt, vanilla extract and heavy or whipping cream. For the full step by step instructions for this buttercream recipe, along with the flavor combinations you'll want to take a look at the Handle the Heat site. The following are some of the flavor combinations you might consider for your buttercream recipe. With these flavor combinations, you may need to adjust the powdered sugar ratio depending on the flavor preferences and adjust the cream ratio depending on the texture preference you are going for.

Chocolate. For this flavor combination, you'll want to add about 1/2 cup of sifted unsweetened cocoa powder. For strawberry buttercream, perfect for Valentines Day, you can add some seedless strawberry preserves and a few drops of red food coloring. Raspberry buttercream, simply adds in some seedless raspberry preserves and a few drops of red food coloring. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, uses light brown sugar in place of all the powdered sugar in the recipe, along with some flour, and garnish with mini chocolate chips. Irish Cream Buttercream. Use Bailey’s Irish Cream instead of the heavy cream. Nutella buttercream. Add in some Nutella and reduce the powdered sugar amount. Lemon buttercream or another citrus. Add the buttercream some lemon zest and lemon juice, and increase the powdered sugar. Pumpkin

buttercream, add some pure pumpkin puree and some pumpkin pie spice, remove the cream from the recipe. Salted Caramel buttercream, add some caramel topping and increase the salt, and remove the cream.

Some tips for successful buttercream icing for your cake recipes and dessert recipe ideas. You want to make sure your butter or shortening is at room temperature before beating it. All the lumps in the mixture should be completely beaten out before adding in the sugar a little at a time or later it will be impossible to get a smooth consistency. Try not to overbeat the buttercream recipe after all the ingredients have been added to the bowl or you might add in bubbles which will ruin the texture of the buttercream icing. If you are hoping to create a snowy white buttercream icing you want to use shortening and clear flavorings. You can find clear vanilla extract in the baking aisle of your grocery store or at Micheals. Butter and pure brown vanilla extract will create a pale ivory icing rather than white. Never try to cover a freshly baked cake recipe with chilled buttercream, or the cake will fall to pieces. For the best results, you want to chill your cake first and bring the icing to room temperature. You can also beat the buttercream icing for a few minutes to help create great fluffy texture. If you are covering a cake recipe with buttercream icing, make enough to do the entire job because it is difficult to recreate colors. .

You will find this buttercream recipe on the Handle the Heat site. On the site, you will find dessert recipes, cake recipes, cupcake recipes, brownie recipes, cheesecake ideas, donut recipes and more. **

Nutrition Facts of Buttercream from Handle the Heat
Ingredients: Powdered sugar, unsalted butter, salt, pure vanilla extract, heavy whipping cream.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 15 cupcake frosted servings * Per Serving: Calories 209, Calories from Fat 116, Total Fat 12.9g 20%, Saturated Fat 8.2g 41%, Cholesterol 35mg 12%, Sodium 127mg 5%, Potassium 7mg 0%, Carbohydrates 24.0g 8%, Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%, Sugars 23.6g, Protein 0.2g, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 0%

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