Saturday, March 16, 2013
How to make perfect Italian meringue buttercream
If someone were to ask me, which was my favorite frosting in the WORLD...I would hands down, choose a non dairy whipped cream frosting! It's light, airy, and not too sweet! But the problem with that is, if you plan on doing more detailed work, you would need a good buttercream frosting to hold it's shape better. American buttercream is waaaay too sweet for my own taste, but this Italian meringue buttercream recipe is AMAZING! Not too sweet but silky and smooth, and also pipes really well! I hope you guys enjoy this recipe because it's definitely a favorite of mine!
If any of you are interested in the basket weave cake design that I used in the photos above, please look up my "how to make a basket weave cake" blog post! I used this Italian meringue buttercream recipe, to pipe out the design on the cake!
Ingredients for sugar syrup:
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of water
Ingredients for the meringue:
5 extra large room temperature egg whites
1/4 cup of sugar
3 1/2 sticks of softened butter(I use 2 sticks of unsalted and 1 1/2 sticks of salted)
1 tsp of lemon juice extract POWDER(can be found on www.KingArthurflour.com)
1 tsp of vanilla extract(optional)
Additional items needed:
Stand mixer and candy thermometer
Make the sugar syrup by boiling your water with your sugar until it reaches 245. I use a small pot and set it over medium heat. Don't forget to place your candy thermometer in there. As it cooks, begin making your meringue.
Beat your egg whites in a stand mixer on HIGH until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in 1/4 cup of sugar. Continue to beat until medium to stiff peaks. Turn off mixer if your sugar syrup is not ready yet.
With your mixer on HIGH, slowly pour in your hot sugar syrup in a steady stream. Continue to beat for 10-12 minutes, or until your mixing bowl is cool to the touch. Add in 2 sticks of butter first(a Tablespoon at a time) and then add in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice extract powder. Add in the rest of your butter and beat until fluffy. Add in 1 tsp of vanilla extract(optional).
If you add in your butter before your mixing bowl is cool to the touch, your buttercream will look like a soupy mess! But don't fret my friends! Just keep beating on HIGH as you add in your butter, and it will all come back together in the end, I PROMISE! :)
Be sure to watch my video below on how to make the perfect Italian meringue buttercream! :)