Italian meringue buttercream melting
by Sarah A
(Mississauga, ON. Canada)
Buttercream Roses made with Italian meringue are not as sharp
I've been using your Italian meringue buttercream
recipe ever since I was introduced to it-and it's great. But for my last cake, I had to make buttercream flowers and roses - and I struggled like mad :( It just kept melting on me for some reason. Is there something that I can add or do to make it a thicker consistency (ex: icing sugar)?
Thanks Hi Sarah, Sorry you are having trouble with the meringue version. It is on the softer side and needs to be the right temperature for piping. It's the best tasting and the smoothest for icing a cake but it isn't the #1 choice for roses.
Try the easy buttercream recipe for making flowers and roses, or a buttercream made with shortening for your flower making. You can try adding powdered sugar to the Italian meringue too. That should thicken it up.
Here is the Wilton recipe for the shortening based icing.
* 2/3 cups water
* 4 Tablespoons meringue powder
* 1 1/4 cups solid white shortening
* 11-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 3/4 teaspoons salt
* 1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring
* 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring
* 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla
Combine water and meringue powder and whip at high speeds until peaks form.
Add four cups sugar, one cup at a time, beating after each addition at low speed.
Alternately add shortening and remainder of sugar.
Add salt and flavorings and beat at low speed until smooth.
May be stored well covered, in refrigerator for several weeks, then brought to room temperature and re beaten.
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Italian Meringue Buttercream
My meringue buttercream is coming out very liquidy/thin. What did i do wrong, can i fix it?
Hi Llona, did you follow the wedding cake frosting recipe on this site?
If so then all I can think is that you added the hot sugar too soon and the butter became too soft. If that is the case you can put your bowl of buttercream into another bowl with ice and water. Stir the buttercream as it cools and you should be fine. This happened to me recently and it worked beautifully.
Good luck with your buttercream and comment back if it was a different scenario.
by: Michele Owen
I have had trouble with swiss meringue during humid weather. I kept beating it and eventually it came together. I don't know if it would work for Italian meringue, but if all else fails you could give it a try.
Thanks Michelle for your helpful advice. :-)
Apr 09, 2012
wedding cake frosting
Do I need to make any changes on this frosting recipe for high altitude. I live in Denver Colorado and I have an outside wedding cake for July. And the decorations are black piping. Would this frosting work?
For about every 500 feet above sea level, the boiling point is lowered 1ºF. So be aware of that when you are cooking the sugar and water. I don't see why the Italian meringue frosting recipe would not work for an outside wedding in Denver. You will need to add a lot of black food coloring to get the frosting really black though. Use paste food colors.
I don't see why the Italian meringue frosting recipe would not work for an outside wedding in Denver. You will need to add a lot of black food coloring to get the frosting really black though. Use paste food colors.
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I made buttercream and kept it in a covered bowl, it seems to be separating, what did I do wrong and how do I correct it? Thanx
Which recipe did you use? Was it the Italian meringue? Have you tried re whipping it? Sometimes this will bring it all together again. You may have over cooked the sugar syrup. The syrup should be cooked to 238 and then immediately added to the egg whites. If it is not cooked properly it may seep out of the mixture.
The butter should be at room temperature before adding to the meringue and the meringue has to be somewhat cooled down before adding the butter.
You may want to try adding powdered sugar to salvage the buttercream if it will not come together. Try the easy buttercream recipe out on this website. It's fool proof.
The temperature of all of the ingredients is very important when making buttercream as you can see. I hope some of this helps you out.
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Italian Meringue is Yellowish?
Boy, will I have a story to tell after this cake.
I made your Italian Meringue Recipe. But your picture looks white. Mine came out a pale yellow color.
Frosting needs to be white because it will have clear sugar crystals on it. Off white-yellowish colored frosting will mess up the whole appeal.
This is a dumb question, but never know, might be a way to fix it....is there
such a thing as white dye? lol.
Actually there is a white coloring available from Wilton. I have used it. The only way to get the Italian meringue frosting pretty white, besides the white food coloring, is to whip the heck out of the butter before adding the meringue to it. Also clear vanilla is important in maintaining the white color.
I'm sorry, I hope you can fix it. Unless you use Crisco based frosting (like the Wilton recipe I call cake decorating frosting its hard to get that snow white look.
I can't wait to hear all about this cake Shay :-)
My swiss meringue buttercream frosting?
(Santa Paula, Ca )
Spreading The Meringue Buttercream
I whipped the meringue and it turned soupy then it started curdling. I whipped it for a while and nothing happened I ended up throwing it down the sink, any tips to what should I do to get it right? I tried so many times and no luck?
The egg whites need to be whipped in a really clean bowl first of all, so make sure of that.
Try adding a pinch of cream of tartar to the egg whites while whipping. Do not over whip the whites either. They need to be stiff but not dry. Add your syrup very slowly in a steady stream. The syrup should not be over 248 preferably you should stop cooking it at 238 degrees. Do you have a candy thermometer? you need one to make sure of the temperature.
Have you tried my Italian meringue recipe? I call it wedding cake frosting Give it a try and see if that recipe works for you. I have a video on that page too.
I hope this helps you out.Please let us know how you did ok?