Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Buttercream frosting- flavours

Hi fellow cupcake enthusiasts,

Recently you may have tuned into 22do's Buttercream frosting tutorial on Youtube. This clip was a short tutorial on how to make really simple but delish buttercream frosting/icing for cupcakes. We gave some hints a tips on how to make your frosting a good consistency for piping (not too runny, not too foamy, nice and firm). Check it out for the recipe:

Today I wanted to share some variations on your basic vanilla buttercream that are really simple but allow you to make a range of flavours and colours without using colouring. So here they are:

Add 2 tbsp of sifted cocoa powder and 2 tsp of extra milk.

Substitute 2 tbsp of milk with 2tbsp of orange juice (freshly squeezed is best) and the finely grated rind of 1 orange.

Substitute 2 tbsp of milk with 2 tbsp of lemon juice and the finely grated rind of one lemon.

Add about ¼ cup of fresh or frozen (thawed) raspberries. Mush into a sauce before adding and only add a small amount of sauce at a time until the desired colour is reached. If you add too much the frosting may curdle slightly but will still taste yummy.

Cookies n Cream
Add ½ crushed packet of your favourite biscuits such as Oreos, Tim Tams or Mint Slice. This makes a very stiff icing that you can dollop onto cupcakes for a nice effect. It is unsuitable or piping.

Add the pulp of 2-3 passionfruit. If your passionfruits are particularly juicy then you may not need all of the milk normally used in butter cream.

For a simple way to flavour your butter cream frosting you can add 2 tbsp (or more) of your favourite ice cream topping....caramel, chocolate, strawberry, mango- passionfruit and more. The possibilities are endless...well as endless as the supply at your local supermarket that is. Keep in mind you may not require all of the milk usually used to make butter cream icing.

So there are just a few for you to try.

My obsession at the moment is with mango and passionfruit flavoured buttercream which is made from a mango passionfruit sauce/topping bought from the supermarket. It is amazing, it makes me want to lick the bowl clean.

Oreo frosting is one of our most popular, people cannot get enough of oreo cupcakes, and they look so good with a mini oreo on top. 

Try them all, and I'm sure you will all be inspired to invent your own variations using your favourite fruits and flavours. We'd love to hear your suggestions and ideas too, or if you've ever encountered problems using these ingredients. So leave us a comment and we'll get back to you, or give your flavour a try.

Peace and love, and happy cupcaking,

Meg and Amy


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